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Ferrari hit out at criticism from Niki Lauda

Fernando Alonso passes Felipe Massa

Alonso passes Massa for German GP lead

Ferrari have hit back at Niki Lauda's criticism of their race-fixing tactics at last month's German Grand Prix.

The three-time world champion said his former team would be given "a pasting" by the World Motor Sport Council in September when they review the race.

Stewards said Ferrari had imposed team orders on Felipe Massa to give Fernando Alonso victory in the race.

But Ferrari, in a column on their official website, said the 61-year-old Austrian was being "hypocritical".

Ferrari were fined $100,000 for their actions following the race on 26 July in Hockenheim.

But the sport's governing body, the FIA, say the case will be heard by the WMSC in Paris on Wednesday 8 September - four days before the Italian Grand Prix - when the team could face the added possibility of a points deduction or even exclusion from the championship.

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Lauda said Ferrari's tactics were "against the rules"

Lauda, who won two of his three world titles with the famous Maranello marque, was quoted as telling Formula1.com that what the team did in Germany was "against all rules."

He stated: "Either the rules are changed or everybody observes them. What they've done is wrong and they got an immediate punishment - and they will get a pasting from the World Council, that is for sure."

But responding through their "Horse Whisperer" column on their official website, Ferrari said: "After events in Hockenheim, a wave of hypocrisy swept through the paddock, with so many pundits, young and old, keen to have their say.

"Some were promptly brought back into line by his master's voice, while others continue to pronounce sentence willy-nilly.

"The latest missive comes from Austria, from a person, who having hung up his helmet, has never missed out on a chance to dispense opinions left and right, even if, on more than one occasion, he has had to indulge in some verbal acrobatics to reposition himself in line with the prevailing wind.

"This time, good old Niki has missed out on a fine opportunity to keep his mouth shut, given that, when he was a Scuderia driver, the supposed Ferrari driver management policy suited him perfectly.

"That aside, where was all his moral fury when, over the past years, so many have been guilty of more or less overt hypocritical actions?"

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With regard to Lauda's suggestion that the WMSC will punish Ferrari severely, the column added: "As for any predictions regarding a possible decision from the FIA World Council on September 8, time will tell.

"In this sort of situation, the best policy is to respect and to trust in the highest level of the sport's governing body."

The fine Ferrari were given in Germany is the maximum the stewards were allowed to impose and the matter was subsequently referred to the sport's governing body.

Team orders are banned in Formula 1 and the move has provoked widespread anger within the sport.



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