The duo attempted to explain away what had unfolded, but failed to convince the sceptical press, and they clearly cut no ice with the stewards later given the punishment.
Here, we look at a few of the questions they were bombarded with and their unconvincing replies.
Q: Via a coded message it appears we’ve witnessed a clear case of team orders being handed out. To Fernando, do you feel embarrassed about taking such a win, and to Felipe do you feel angry about having to give up such a win?
Massa: “For sure, you always want to win. That’s always what we’re working for. For sure we don’t have team orders, so we just need to do the race that we can and if you see that you cannot do the race that you can, you need to think about the team. I think that’s the most important thing.”
Alonso: “Yeah, same. What’s important is the team result, so I’m happy.”
Q: Fernando, where will this victory rank in your career? Is it up there with Singapore 2008?
Alonso: “I think you have a very strong result from Ferrari today, one and two, a very strong performance all weekend and if the final thought of the weekend is your question it’s because maybe you didn’t see the whole practice, qualifying and the race, so maybe it’s too early for you that Ferrari came back so strong.”
Q: Fernando, what have you got to say to the people who would call this a dirty win and if you win the championship, a dirty champion?
Alonso: “Look at the overall races, there are a lot of points that we win sometimes and a lot of points that we lose sometimes. As I said, today was a good day, some other races were bad days for us, disappointing but as I said before, we need to remain focused, keep working, keep developing the car, not to be too excited when we win, not to be too down when we lose.”
Q: The reality is, though, you couldn’t beat him on the track, so you had to get the team to do it for you.
Alonso: “If that’s your opinion.”
Q: He had to give you this win, didn’t he, Fernando?
Q: Fernando, why can’t you just be honest with us for once and just admit this win was handed to you on a plate today?
Alonso: “I was competitive on Friday, first position. I finished second in qualifying by 12 centimetres, I heard yesterday. Today I think we scored the fastest lap of the race, so overall I don’t think I was very slow this weekend.”
Q: Felipe, Rubens (Barrichello) damaged his image a lot in Brazil when he did what you did today. Until now you had the support of the country. Aren’t you worried that now after you did what Rubens did you have deeply damaged your image in Brazil?
Massa: “For sure not. I’m very professional and I’ve showed in my career how professional I am. You are professional as well, you work for a company. I believe you are doing what you have to do, so I’m professional and today I showed how professional I am. That’s it.”