Giblet wrote:When you tend to qualify and race 3/10ths slower per lap, there is not much need for a contract stipulating your place in the team.
Naturally but what some people want to suggest is that there is a rule, written or not, within Ferrari which stipulates that Massa mustn't finish ahead of Alonso, all based on what happened in the German GP.
Now I personally don't approve of Ferrari's actions as I feel a win could have been a catalyst for Massa to regain his confidence and perhaps become a regular challenger in the rest of the season. He is, after all, a multiple race winner. Having said that, I can understand the lack of confidence shown in Massa and the strategic thinking of Ferrari behind the order.
OTOH as it turned out even without those seven extra points, Alonso would have gone into the last GP in the lead so perhaps Ferrari shot themselves in the foot by denting Massa's already fragile confidence futher and thereby didn't have an able and altogether willing wingman for Alonso at season's end.