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Alonso cools talk of Massa 'war'

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Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
Alonso and Massa will be team-mates for the first time next season

Fernando Alonso says there will be no "psychological war" despite Felipe Massa's comments that he knew about the plot to fix the 2008 Singapore race.

The pair will be team-mates at Ferrari next season when the Spaniard, who was fully cleared of any knowledge of the deliberate crash, joins from Renault.

Massa said he had a "hunch", but added it will not affect their relationship.

And Alonso agreed, saying on Friday: "It's not very important for me. I'm not too worried."

He added: "There will be no psychological war. Maybe it was a misunderstanding with Felipe or the media, so it's difficult to know what is true and what was said as later he said a different thing."

Massa had been talking with local journalists ahead of Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix about the series of events that culminated in Nelson Piquet Jr deliberately crashing his Renault in last year's Singapore Grand Prix, which helped Alonso to claim an unlikely victory.

It will not affect anything: me or the relationship. I actually think we will be great

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari soon released a statement on their official website following Massa's reported comments during those conversations.

"When asked if Alonso might have known about the details of the Singapore affair the Brazilian driver confirmed," it read.

It continued, with quotes from Massa himself: "What I've said is the outcome of a hunch I've had and is not based on any concrete evidence.

"The FIA World Council announced that there was no indication that Fernando may have been informed of what had happened and I respect this outcome.

"What is certain is that this episode will not mar in any way the relationship I'll have with Fernando when we will be team-mates."

Alonso, who had a fractious relationship with Lewis Hamilton when they were team-mates at McLaren for a season in 2007, also played down the significance of Massa's comments.

"It will not affect anything: me or the relationship," he said. "I actually think we will be great.

"At Ferrari the group is more important than the individual, where everyone is part of the team, a big family.

"Maybe we will have a chat, but I'm sure it won't be about this matter. If we do have a chat it will be more about his recovery, that he seems well, about his experience at Ferrari.

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"So anything I talk to Felipe about these days or in the future will be a huge help for me to know the team."

Massa, who this week completed a successful test in a 2007 Ferrari as part of his rehabilitation following his horrific crash in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix in July, has been relatively outspoken since his recovery.

He recently accused Renault of "robbing" him of the 2008 drivers' championship - which he lost be a single point - because of the race-fix plot in last year's Singapore race.

The Brazilian also said Brawn's championship leader Jenson Button must cope with the "pressure" of leading the title race better if he is to land the 2009 crown.

But Button's team-mate Rubens Barrichello insists his felllow Brazilian has not changed.

"I think he's been the same person and all my wishes, when I was at the hospital, were that he was the same guy," he said.

"And after I saw him with my own eyes and I saw that he was the same, I wished that he could drive the same way, and he went to Fiorano (to test for Ferrari) and did that.

"From all the people that I've spoken to and to himself, it looked like he got into the car and on the third lap he was on the pace.

"But there is one fact that in Formula One if you're not travelling with everyone all the time and not hearing what the same people are talking about, you just get different ideas and maybe you're flying on your own ideas."



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Felipe Massa
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