FIA fines Ferrari, Schumi and Barrichello

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> FIA fines Schumacher, Barrichello and Ferrari $1 million for rigging the Austrian Grand Prix.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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The FIA imposed a joint $1 million fine on Ferrari and its two drivers, Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello for improper conduct on the podium at last month's Austrian Grand Prix. But it didn't sanction Ferrari's manipulation of the finish or take points away from Schumacher. Schumacher won the May 12 race after Ferrari told Barrichello to let the German overtake him in the final stretch, prompting loud jeers from fans. Both drivers and Ferrari officials were heard by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council in Paris. In a statement, the Council said it imposed the fine because Schumacher refused to take the top spot on the podium, and then failed to acknowledge Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel as he received the winner's trophy. However, the Council recognized Ferrari's right to give team orders, and didn't take points away from the team or its drivers. Schumacher is the runaway leader in the drivers' standings with six wins in nine races so far this season and is seeking a record-tying fifth world title. Ferrari officials reached at team headquarters in Maranello, Italy had no immediate response to the ruling. (AP)

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