Ferrari president Luca di Montezemelo has said that he backs the team’s decision to use team orders to allow Fernando Alonso to win the German GP.
He told fans that he has “no interest” in the controversy that has flared up since Sunday’s race and instead said he was delighted by Ferrari’s domination of the race and praised his drivers’ performances.
Speaking on Ferrari’s official website di Montezemelo said: “The polemics are of no interest to me.
"I simply reaffirm what I have always maintained, which is that our drivers are very well aware, and it is something they have to stick to, that if one races for Ferrari, then the interests of the team come before those of the individual.”
Ferrari was fined $100,000 (£65,000) and faces an FIA World Motor Sport Council investigation for imposing illegal team orders and for bringing the sport into disrepute.
Di Montezemelo said that Ferrari’s actions were justified and an intrinsic part of motor racing: “These things have happened since the days of Nuvolari and I experienced it myself when I was sporting director, in the days of Niki Lauda and not just then."
He added: "Therefore enough of this hypocrisy, even if I can well believe that some people might well have liked to see our two drivers eliminate one another, but that is definitely not the case for me or indeed for our fans."