Tempers flared at the Nürburgring
But it's all settled now
A bit of uneasiness on the Nürburgring podium
According to Agence France-Presse, European Grand Prix winner Fernando Alonso accused Felipe Massa of deliberately hitting his car during the duel that opposed both drivers at the end of Sunday's race on the Nürburgring track.
A few minutes before the traditional ceremony, Ferrari's Felipe Massa approached McLaren's Fernando Alonso and shook his hand in the room adjacent to the podium. The folllowing conversation ensued in Italian.
FA: "You can't do things like that."
FM : "What are you talking about?"
FA: "Don't play smart with me, you know very well. You hit me on purpose, you turned the wheel to push me off."
FM : "What? Go f--k yourself!"
FA : "You f--k off! Next time I'll push you into the wall."
Alonso, decidely in a provocative mood, turned and smiled at the live TV camera as Massa walked away very upset, his dark mood still quite apparent during the podium ceremony.
Once tempers had calmed down as the post-race FIA press conference began, Fernando Alonso admitted that he had over-reacted.
"We touched each other two times and I apologise to him (Massa) because I was so stressed when I finished the race because we nearly didn’t finish the race. Now I try to enjoy the victory and forget everything," the Spaniard said as he sat next to Massa, quickly touching his neighbour's forearm in a friendlier gesture.
The Brazilian was still somewhat flared however: "I was really surprised when he came to say that I did that on purpose.
I would never do something like that on purpose. Like I said in Barcelona, it was normal, here it was normal and it's going to be like that. So if he was a little bit unhappy, it's not my problem."
"With Felipe at the end it was close but as I said before, I apologise if I said anything to him, because it's motor racing and it's a fight," added Alonso.
"We finished the race, so I don't want to talk any more about this and I want to enjoy the win," he stated, wishing to close the matter.
Prompted by the assembled journalists, Alonso returned to the delicate subject a few minutes later.
"I was not too happy at the end of the race because we touched each other but now, five minutes later on the podium I realised that this is motor racing, so I will not talk any more," he repeated.
The subject seemed to be closed for Massa also: "If somebody tells me something I did wrong and I didn't, I will be unhappy. That is normal. But if he has apologized, then that's fine. He knows he was not right after the race."
Bad tempers and apologies – on certain occasions, both are a part of motorsports...
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