Fernando Alonso insists it would have been pointless to take risks when it came to passing team-mate Felipe Massa for the lead in the German Grand Prix.
Alonso took his second win of the year in controversial fashion after Massa slowed while leading to allow the Spaniard through having been told on the radio that Alonso was quicker behind.
The manner in which the incident was dealt with by the team has seen Ferrari hit with a fine for breaking rules relating to team orders, while the World Motor Sport Council will also consider further sanctions.
Speaking following the decision, Alonso insisted only that the win was an important one for the team and said it would have been stupid for the team to risk everything on its two drivers fighting for victory – with him instead benefitting from 'difficulties' for Massa to take the chequered flag first.
"This is a very important win, which comes on the back of weeks of hard work from the team, who pushed to make up the ground that separates us from our main rivals,” he said. “Race after race, the improvements applied to the F10 have proved to be effective, thus making the car more competitive. I am very happy, because winning with Ferrari is a very special feeling.
“At the start I was pushed right up against the wall by Vettel, whose only thought was to close me down, while Felipe made the most of it to go past both of us. Then, I tried to stay close all the time to my team-mate and when he had some difficulties, I got past: I am sure that Felipe was thinking above all of the good of the team and that it was pointless to take risks when we had Vettel catching us up.
“There is no point in doing the sums for the championship now. We have shown what our package can do in a normal race and we must simply continue to work, trying to always pick up the maximum number of points. As I have always said, the final tally will come in Abu Dhabi."