Felipe Massa admitted that he can't be happy with second place after the controversial German Grand Prix at Hockenheim – despite insisting that he didn't feel he had been a victim of team orders.
Massa led the race from the start after a good getaway saw him jump from third to first on the run to turn one and he remained out front until being told over the team radio that Fernando Alonso behind was lapping quicker.
The Brazilian then slowed on the following lap to allow his team-mate through into the lead, settling into a second place he would retain through to the finish.
Ferrari was then found guilty of breaking the rules relating to team orders after the race and hit with a $100,000 fine but despite being unhappy with the result, Massa said he didn't feel any rules had been broken.
"A driver always wants to win, so I cannot be completely happy with second place,” he said. “I know that this year, the team has lost too many points in previous races and today it was important to do the maximum.
“We drivers have to first of all think of the interests of the team and that is what I showed again today. In my opinion this was not a case of team orders: my engineer kept me constantly informed on what was going on behind me, especially when I was struggling a bit on the hard tyres: so I decided to do the best thing for the team, and a one-two finish is the best possible result, isn't it? I got a great start, the best of the season.
“At the start, on the soft tyres I was going very quickly but then, with the hards, I was unable to run at an ideal pace. I think today I proved that when everything is in order, I am a winning driver. It would have been nice to stand on a higher step on the podium but all the same, I want to dedicate this result to Fernando Marins, a relation of mine, who passed away at the start of this week."