Sir Jackie Stewart says McLaren did nothing wrong in preventing Lewis Hamilton challenging team-mate Fernando Alonso for victory in Monaco.
Hamilton was not happy about being asked to support Alonso
Formula One rules say "team orders which interfere with a race result are prohibited" and governing body the FIA has launched an investigation.
But former team owner Stewart said: "I saw nothing wrong with what occurred."
The triple world champion said asking drivers to back off to make sure of the GP win "was the wise thing to do".
Talking to BBC Radio Five Live, Stewart said "the right man won", although he added that Hamilton had also driven a "beautiful race".
The 66-year-old said Alonso was "on pole oposition, he made a very good start, he took a lead that allowed him to have a good clear bit of air behind him.
"He set the fastest lap, and he won the race. It was fairly straightforward."
It's very difficult to start telling team owners that if you are running first and second that you should keep driving your drivers to the absolute limit of their ability
Stewart said Monaco could not be compared with Ferrari's infamous decision to ask Rubens Barrichello to move over and hand Michael Schumacher the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix.
That decision led to the current rule on team orders being added to F1's sporting regulations.
"The Schumacher-Barrichello case was blatant - he reduced his speed by maybe 30 or 40mph to have Schumacher pass him before the finishing line," Stewart said.
"It was a pretty blatant thing, it wasn't enjoyed by the crowd, it wasn't enjoyed by the media.
"But it's a very difficult thing to start telling team owners that if you are running first and second that you should keep driving your drivers to the absolute limit of their ability.
"I think it was a great result for Lewis Hamilton to finish second in the Monaco Grand Prix and get another podium finish.
"What if he had tried a little bit too hard in these last laps in Monaco and slid off the race track, hit a barrier and taken the Mclaren out of the race?
"Valuable world championship points would have been lost by McLaren."
Stewart added that he believed Hamilton would win races in his debut season.
"He is a remarkable young man and I think we are going to see him winning Grands Prix," he said.