"Obviously," said McLaren's Ron Dennis after the French Grand Prix, "we're delighted that Kimi [Raikkonen] won over [Felipe] Massa. It means he [Massa] is only a couple of points closer to Lewis [Hamilton], and didn't close the gap that much, even to Fernando [Alonso]."
Now, Ron doesn't lie, so it would be incorrect to suggest that the above statement includes a falsehood. But - how shall I put this? - it contains a lot more than the truth.
Sure enough, its logic is faultless. Prior to the French Grand Prix, Massa (39 points) was seven points ahead of Raikkonen (32) in the world drivers' championship standings.
So in that sense the fact that it was Kimi who took 10 points in France, and Felipe eight, was arithmetically less damaging to the championship chances of McLaren's drivers, who finished third (Hamilton, six points) and seventh (Alonso, two points), than it would have been had Felipe led Kimi across the line instead.