A Brazilian prosecutor has publicly warned Felipe Massa that he could be subject to arrest and,if convicted, face a sentence of to up to six years in prison if he follows team orders to help Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso, who is poised to clinch the Formula 1 World Championship this weekend at Interlagos.
Paulo Castilho, a prosecutor known for pursuing high-profile sports cases in Brazil, says that local hero Massa could be charged with fraud if he deliberately allows Alonso to pass him or if he does anything else that would somehow alter the result in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.
"Massa or any other driver who does anything to fraud the result of the race can be arrested and formally charged," Castilho told the Associated Press. "It doesn't mean that it will happen – it will be up to the local authority in charge of the event to decide whether the law has been broken."
Ferrari was found guilty by the FIA of instituting team orders – which are officially prohibited by the rules – at the German Grand Prix and was fined $100,000 by the FIA, although drivers Massa and Alonso evaded punishment.