I can’t quite believe people are seriously comparing Hockenheim 2008 and 2010, let alone using them to justify such a serious allegation that British commentators and fans are ‘jingoistic’.
Hockenheim 2008: Lap 52/67 – Lewis Hamilton, having led virtually the entire race from pole position, has seen his 15 second lead disappear after the Safety Car is deployed, but he is still yet to make his final stop, unlike everyone else behind him who has made their final stop under the Safety Car.
After building up as much of a gap as he can after the race goes green again, Lewis pits on Lap 50 and comes out behind his teammate Kovalainen, who has spent the entire race behind Hamilton up to that point. With Hamilton by far the fastest car on track and easily McLaren’s best chance of winning, Kovalainen is either instructed or elects to move over for his teammate to allow him to attack for the win.
Given that Kovalainen had been comfortably slower than Hamilton all race and was more than likely going to get passed by Lewis sooner or later had he defended, this decision to move over makes a lot of sense and allows Hamilton to attack, then pass the cars ahead and, ultimately, win the race.
In summary; Hamilton, the leading McLaren all race long, found himself behind his slower teammate due to his team’s error, and Kovalainen allowed him through to enable him to battle for the win.
Hockenheim 2010: Lap 49/67 – Felipe Massa, having led the majority of the race from the start after taking the lead on the opening lap, has made his one and only stop of the race and is ahead of his teammate, Fernando Alonso, on merit. This is the first race Massa has led on merit since his return to the sport following his near-fatal accident, exactly one year prior to this date.
Alonso, in second, is quicker than Massa and is looking to make a move to pass his teammate for the lead. Alonso has a go on Lap 21, but Massa, perfectly legitimately, holds him off and keeps the lead. Rather than go for another overtake, Alonso starts to drop back. The gap remains around three seconds for the next 20 laps before the gap is closed and Alonso is again behind his teammate.
Instead of trying to overtake his teammate for the lead on the track, despite being the faster car, Alonso decides that the team should tell Massa to move over for him. Alonso has not spent a single lap ahead of Massa all race. Massa is leading the Grand Prix and on course to win, barring any mechanical issues, and Vettel in third is around seven seconds behind the two Ferraris and showing no signs of being able to catch them and challenging them for the win.
Even though Alonso is perfectly allowed to try and overtake his teammate, even though Massa has been ahead of him all race long on merit, not because of some random Safety Car intervention or strategy cock-up on Ferrari’s part, the team decide to give in to Alonso’s moaning and tell Felipe to let him through to give up a win that he was fully entitled to. Massa does so, and Alonso goes on to win the race. Alonso and Ferrari may be happy, but Massa is robbed of a victory that he was fully deserving of on the anniversary of the crash that nearly cost him his life simply because Alonso didn’t want to have to overtake his teammate to win.
In summary; Massa, ahead of his teammate all race long, is leading and in total control of the race. Alonso tells the team to make Massa move over for him so he can take the victory without having to try and overtake him for it, which they do.
If you are genuinely unable to see the differences between the two scenarios above and truly consider them to be one and the same, I believe you are entirely beyond reason.