Mosley Rules Out Bans as Penalty

FIA president Max Mosley has said he would be reluctant to hand down race bans or points deductions to the seven Michelin teams when they come to be sentenced for their part in the United States Grand Prix tyre fiasco

Mosley Rules Out Bans as Penalty

Speaking after the FIA World Motor Sport Council found the teams guilty on two charges of damaging the sport but deferred sentencing until September, Mosley believed financial penalties would be the best choice.

"I cannot speak for the World Council, but personally speaking I would be very reluctant to do anything with points unless what the person has done affected their sporting performance," he said.

"It would not be appropriate to deduct points or ban people from a race. We do have the ability to impose a fine and can do what we want with the money. We could impose fines and use that money to compensate."

Mosley indicated that the delay in handing out penalties for the teams would give the FIA time to assess the damage caused by the Indianapolis mass withdrawal - and therefore hand out suitable fines.

The delay also gives the teams a chance to compensate the fans and try and go some way to making up for what happened.

"We said (to the teams) if you sort it out we will take a lenient view," said Mosley. "If you don't sort it out, we will not take a lenient view."

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