Germany GP, 2008. Kovalainen clearly allows his team-mate overtake him.
This is what Ron Dennis, McLarens team principle, told about that incident:
According to Dennis, Kovalainen was simply told that Hamilton was much quicker and he took the decision himself to allow his team-mate by. “The only thing we advise drivers is the respective pace of the other driver and they ultimately call it,” the team principal said. “Lewis was nearly a second quicker than Heikki through the race and when he was told Lewis was quicker he just let him past.
“He knew that was the only way because the longer he would have held up Lewis the more difficult it would have been for him to have regained the lead. It was a tremendous sporting gesture and it’s what being in a racing team is about. True team-mates do these things because that’s the way they are.”
Charlie Whiting, the race director did nothing about that fact. No “team orders” (orders the team give that influence the result of a race) were investigated nor punished.
Germany GP, 2010. Massa clearly allows his team-mate overtake him
Exactly the same facts: Massa is told “Okay, so, Fernando is faster than you” and he allows Fernando Alonso overtake him.
Charlie Whiting, the race director put the facts under investigation and Ferrari got a $100000 fine for giving “team orders”. Moreover, the case has been referred to the World Motor Sport Council.
Are the rules the same for all the teams and drivers, no matter their nationality or skin color?
How can the same facts be so differently judged by the same race director, Charlie Whiting?
Whiting is the name of cheat