Ferrari has been quick to respond to reports in the media that Felipe Massa wasn’t too happy about being overtaken at pit entry by Fernando Alonso during the Chinese Grand Prix.
In an official website entry entitled ‘False Polemics’ (don’t you just love how Ferrari loves to grandstand with their editorials?), the team accused the media of taking Massa’s comments “out of context [in an attempt by] some news outlets [to] create bad blood” between the drivers.
On Monday, it was alleged by the Brazilian media that Felipe was quite displeased about the entire thing, although he refused to be drawn on discussing it.
Ferrari has emphasised that the incident "won’t change anything at all regarding the relationship" between Massa and Alonso, with the pair "travelling back to Europe on the same flight".
That’s a spurious justification… Hell, I’ve had to fly seated next to people I’m annoyed with!
Team boss Stefano Domenicali did, however, concede that Massa might be upset over the incident.
“Fernando, he is a racer, and I have to say that Felipe behaved very, very well," Stefano said.
"It is not easy, and I can understand what could be [Massa’s] feeling, but this episode has not changed our philosophy and for me that is the most important thing," he added.
Our take: Massa was caught napping on the run into pit lane and should have done a better job of covering his position. Alonso simply recognised a passing opportunity and took it. End of story.