Max Mosley has admitted he is "happy" Ferrari and Fernando Alonso did not win the 2010 world championship.

The former FIA president, who in 2002 banned team orders after the Italian team's infamous place-swapping in Austria, thinks Ferrari and Alonso should have lost points for the team orders deployed this year at Hockenheim.

So if Ferrari and Alonso had ultimately won the championship, "It would have given the world another unpleasant discussion about team orders.

"I doubt whether that would have been good for formula one," Mosley told the German newspaper Die Welt.

"So thank god we are instead talking about the strategy mistake of the last race and not whether Ferrari really deserved the title.

"That is one less problem for formula one," added the Briton.

More generally, despite his political collision with Ferrari last year, Mosley praised the Maranello based team's 2010 campaign.

"Ferrari did an excellent job from the middle of the season to the end. They were almost out of the hunt and they managed to bring themselves back."

On the other hand, he hailed F1's new world champion unreservedly.

"Sebastian (Vettel) deserved to win and in every respect is an excellent world champion.

"He is a likeable, relaxed and natural personality so for formula one it's a win as well," said Mosley.

Gallery: Ferrari title loss is 'one less problem' for F1 - Mosley

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