All is not well in Maranello land, with Felipe Massa apparently very displeased with team-mate Fernando Alonso barging past him on the way to the pit lane during the Chinese Grand Prix.
Perhaps not wanting to face the prospect of having to queue and lost time behind his team-mate as the two Ferraris pitted nose-to-tail, Fernando caught Massa completely napping and snatched the position from the Brazilian on the run into the pit lane, forcing Felipe wide as he took avoiding action.
Reports claim that Massa was visibly upset with Alonso as they emerged from their F10s at the end of the 56-lap race, and reportedly just raised his eyebrows when asked if he thought Alonso’s pass was rude.
Refusing to be drawn on the Spaniard’s manners – or lack thereof – Massa told Brazil’s TV Globo: “Alonso put his car next to mine and, when I saw him, I knew that we could have an accident. So I thought about the team and it made me lose more than three places.
"Of course I’ll talk to him," Massa added.
Felipe’s race hit his championship aspirations pretty hard, with his 9th placed finish seeing him lose the lead in the Drivers’ Championship standings, plummeting to 6th on the current leaderboard.
Typically, Alonso’s take on the incident is completely different.
"If he was not my teammate, there wouldn’t be so much talk about it and for me it was a normal move and it definitely won’t compromise our relationship," he said.
Ferrari Team Principal has now felt compelled to step in and play down any suggestions of a breakdown in the relationship between his two drivers.
Describing the matter as “a racing incident”, it was alleged that Dominecali was seen to throw his hands in the air when he saw the pass live on the pit wall.
[Original image via GP Update]