• German Grand Prix

Alonso plays down team orders row

ESPNF1 Staff
July 25, 2010 « Ferrari to face FIA over Hockenheim | »
Fernando Alonso consoles Felipe Massa after the race © Getty Images

German Grand Prix winner Fernando Alonso has played down the furore surrounding the possibility of Ferrari using team orders to rig Sunday's race result.

Alonso secured his second win of the season at Hockenheim but only after Felipe Massa's race engineer told him to make way for a faster Ferrari before apologising immediately afterwards.

Earlier in the race, Alonso was heard to say "this is ridiculous" over the team radio when he appeared to be held up when swarming all over the back of his Brazilian team-mate.

"We tried to do our race, we tried to do as good as we can," said a sheepish Alonso afterwards. "We are professional drivers and we try to work as a team and we try to do the best we can every day not only here on the track but in the race and factory, preparing the races.

"Again I think we have been doing a good job in the last couple of races, finally we got a strong Sunday with a strong result. I think we are happy with this, all the other things it is more for you if you want to write all these things."

Somewhat revealingly, Alonso added that the result in Germany was for the good of the team.

"We try to put a show always for the spectators. As Felipe said, we work for companies, we work for teams, sometimes we saw this year crashes between team-mates Today Ferrari has 42 points in its pockets. That is what we are here for. What is important is the team result."

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