Fernando Alonso claims Felipe Massa's comments about the race-fixing scandal will not affect his relationship with his future Ferrari teammate.
Massa said yesterday that he was certain Alonso knew about Renault's tactics in last year's Singapore Grand Prix, despite the FIA clearing the Spaniard of any wrongdoing. Speaking to the media on Thursday at Interlagos, Alonso reacted casually to his future teammate's comments.
"No. I don't think so," Alonso told reporters when asked if a psychological warfare had been started by Massa's comments. "First of all, I don't know what is true or not – maybe it was a misunderstanding with Felipe or the media or whatever. So it is difficult to know what is true and what is not true about what he said. Later, he said a different thing. It is not very important for me, and I was not too worried.
"In the World Council it was clear in the statement that I was nothing to do with the Singapore 2008 [events], I was not involved in anything and I did not know anything. There is no doubt from that point on. I didn't pay too much attention."
He added: "It will not affect anything on me or our relationship. I still think that it will be great because in Ferrari, the group is more important than the individual – all the mechanics, the engineers, the people in the factory, the drivers, Stefano [Domenicali], President Montezemolo, and everyone is part of the team – a big family.
"I think it will be a good group and we will be a very strong team next year Felipe and me. Now that he is recovering well after the test in Italy this week, I think that is a very good news for the team next year."
Alonso insisted his relationship with Massa, who will visit Interlagos tomorrow, was just fine.
"I think it is good. There is nothing wrong with him," he said. "We fight a few times on the track, as we did in Barcelona in 2007 and the Nurburgring in 2007 as well. But then, last year I think we built a good relationship, a friendly relationship, I was supporting him in the last part of the championship because I really thought that Felipe had a chance to win the championship. In the end, he didn't, and I am sure it will be OK – a good relationship like with any other driver."