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Max Mosley happy Ferrari did not win title

ESPNF1 Staff
December 6, 2010 « Ferrari confirms Badoer exit | »
Max Mosley banned team orders in 2002 © Sutton Images
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Former FIA president Max Mosley says he is happy that Ferrari did not win the championship in 2010.

It was Mosley who banned team orders after the Italian team's rigged Austrian Grand Prix result in 2002 and a similar situation occurred at the German Grand Prix this year when Felipe Massa pulled over to allow team-mate Fernando Alonso past.

"It would have given the world another unpleasant discussion about team orders," Mosley told German newspaper Die Welt. "I doubt whether that would have been good for Formula One. So thank god we are instead talking about the strategy mistake of the last race and not whether Ferrari really deserved the title. That is one less problem for Formula One."

Despite his sentiments over the destination of the title, Mosley did praise Ferrari for their fightback in the second half of the season and Sebastian Vettel for winning the drivers' title.

"Ferrari did an excellent job from the middle of the season to the end. They were almost out of the hunt and they managed to bring themselves back.

"Sebastian [Vettel] deserved to win and in every respect is an excellent world champion. He is a likeable, relaxed and natural personality so for formula one it's a win as well."