Alonso, Massa Hit Back at Polemic Media Reports
After Stefano Domenicali and the Scuderia issued some statements of their own insisting that the incident did not stir up any negative feelings between the two Latin drivers, Ferrari's CEO Luca di Montezemolo also hit back at the media allegations in recent days. And, just like any respectable team, it was now time for the two drivers to “shake hands” in public, each issuing a statement of his own in which they show their criticism over the media's reports.
“As it happens quite often, there’s always someone who wants to create some confusion. The situation between me and Fernando is the one it always has been and an overtaking manoeuvre won’t change it for sure. I already explained after the race what happened and I think it’s useless doing it again, but obviously there’s someone who doesn’t want to understand,” said Massa in a statement for Ferrari's site.
“If I’ve spoken to Fernando? Sure, just like we talk to each other every day when we’re on the track. We both know very well what Ferrari wants from us drivers and what we have to do on the track.”
Alonso, with whom Massa traveled in the same plane back from China, also felt surprised with the media allegations this week.
“I’m surprised by what I’ve been told. I already said it in Shanghai: this episode is creating a stir just because it happened between two teammates. If the other car would have been green or grey, we’d all be celebrating this manoeuvre, but instead we’re just losing time with polemics, where there is nothing to say,” said Alonso.
“Felipe and I are racing and we know that the team’s interest is the most important thing. We know how to behave and we’ve shown it on other occasions during these first races. It’s definitely not the duels on the track, creating problems inside the team and I know this by experience. If someone wants to make a fuss, it definitely won’t ruin the spirit of Ferrari.”