Alonso shrugs off team orders row

Fernando Alonso shrugged off the controversy over team orders at the German Grand Prix, saying both him and Felipe Massa work for Ferrari

Alonso shrugs off team orders row

The Spaniard won the race but only after Massa let him take the lead following a radio conversation with his engineer, who then apologised to his driver.

Alonso had been frustrated by Massa's driving earlier on, having said "this is ridiculous" when he appeared to be quicker than the Brazilian.

The Spanish driver dodged questions during the post-race press conference, saying both drivers have to do what the team says.

"We tried to do our race, we tried to do as good as we can," said Alonso, who scored his second win of the year. "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."

He added: "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."

When asked if he felt embarrassed, he said: "Same. What is important is the team result."

Massa said he felt he deserved victory, but claimed he was thinking about the team.

"For sure you always want to win, that is always what we race for," he said. "For sure we don't have team orders in the team. You just do the race you can and if you cannot do the race you can you have to think about the team."

The Brazilian said he was not worried about his image following the controversy.

"For sure not. I am very professional and I show in my career how professional I am. You are professional as well, you work for your company, you are doing what you have to do, I am professional and today I showed how professional I am."

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