FIA president Jean Todt says motor racing's governing body could not hand Ferrari any further sanctions for using team orders at the German Grand Prix, because there was not enough evidence to prove it had broken the rules.
With the FIA's World Motor Sport Council having decided to simply uphold the $100,000 fine Ferrari was handed at Hockenheim during a disciplinary hearing in Paris on Wednesday, Todt says that without proof of team orders being used there was little else the FIA could do.
"Before you say, 'You are guilty,' you need to be able to prove that they are guilty," Todt told Britain's BBC. "And if you understand all the parts that have been asked, everyone has denied that it was a team order."
When asked to respond to suggestions that, despite Ferrari's denials, many people believed the outfit had used team orders, Todt said: "I tend to agree as well."
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali welcomed the decision of the governing body to not hand down further sanctions, and thought moves to review the team orders ban would be good for the sport.
"We take notice of the decision of the World Council which has confirmed the decision of the stewards and appreciate the fact that the World Council has taken into consideration the fact that the [team orders] rule has to be amended to make it much clearer," he said. "This is an important step toward transparency."
The FIA is due to publish its official reasoning for not taking further action against Ferrari on Thursday.