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FIA set Ferrari hearing date

ESPNF1 Staff
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The FIA's World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) will consider Ferrari's team orders breach on September 8.

Ferrari broke Article 39.1 at the German Grand Prix when Felipe Massa was given a thinly veiled radio message and then surrendered his lead to Fernando Alonso. The Italian team was fined $100,000 by the stewards for breaking the team order rule and also for breaking the general guideline about bringing the sport into disrepute.

It had been speculated that the disciplinary hearing would be held in Como, Italy, on September 10 - the day of a scheduled WMSC meeting. But that would have clashed with Friday practice for the Italian grand prix.

The sport's governing body has therefore convened a separate meeting two days earlier for the Ferrari matter, in Paris on September 8. FIA president Jean Todt, implicated in the infamous Austria 2002 team orders controversy, will not chair the meeting; instead it will be headed by the deputy president for sport, Graham Stoker.