Sir Jackie Stewart says he feels McLaren did nothing wrong in Monte Carlo after the FIA announced it was launching an investigation of the Monaco Grand Prix.

The FIA announced on Monday that it was investigating the 1-2 finish secured by Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton 'in light of a possible breach of the International Sporting Code' - with the team being accused on employing team orders to prevent its drivers fighting for position during the race.

However, Stewart said he didn't see anything wrong with what had happened on the streets of Monte Carlo and told BBC Radio Five Live that team boss Ron Dennis had 'done the wise thing' in ensuring his drivers secured the best result possible.

"I saw nothing wrong with what occurred," JYS said. "He [Alonso] made a very good start, he took a lead that allowed him to have a good clear bit of air behind him.

"He set the fastest lap, and he won the race. It was fairly straightforward."

Team orders have been banned in Formula 1 since the 2002 season, when Ferrari were accused of making a mockery of the sport during the Austrian Grand Prix after Rubens Barrichello slowed on the line to hand victory to Michael Schumacher.

However, Stewart insisted that two incidents weren't comparable.

"The Schumacher-Barrichello case was blatant," he said. "He reduced his speed by maybe 30 or 40mph to have Schumacher pass him before the finishing line. It was a pretty blatant thing, it wasn't enjoyed by the crowd, it wasn't enjoyed by the media.

"But it's a very difficult thing to start telling team owners that if you are running first and second that you should keep driving your drivers to the absolute limit of their ability.

"I think it was a great result for Lewis Hamilton to finish second in the Monaco Grand Prix and get another podium finish. What if he had tried a little bit too hard in these last laps in Monaco and slid off the race track, hit a barrier and taken the McLaren out of the race? Valuable world championship points would have been lost by the team."

Alonso and Hamilton currently share top spot in the championship standings after five races of the season - although Alonso's two victories this season mean he has the edge over his rookie team-mate.

 

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