Massa predicts ‘war’ at conflict-ridden McLaren

Tue, 14 August 2007, 11:41

Felipe Massa says he is relieved that Ferrari is not grappling with the kind of internal conflict that is currently polluting his championship rivals at McLaren.

The Brazilian driver, who is more than 20 points behind in the battle for the drivers’ crown, rubs salt into McLaren’s wounds by insisting that all is comparably well with his own teammate, Kimi Raikkonen.

Tension between McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton hit an all time high in Hungary recently, when their mutual mistrust and fierce competitive rivalry spilled into a sequence of on and off-track incidents.

“Seeing what is happening within McLaren makes me really value the relationship I have with Kimi,” Massa told the Spanish newspaper Marca.

The 26-year-old said it is possible to be professional even when formula one teammates do not particularly like one another.

Referring again to the aloof Finn Raikkonen, Massa said: “We are not friends but we behave like two professional drivers who try to do the best thing for our team.

“Honestly I feel very lucky to be able to work at Ferrari where I have no problem at all with my teammate.

“We have a great atmosphere for working well together.”

Massa also said he expected the situation between Spaniard Alonso and British rookie Hamilton to worsen even more over the next few races.

“War starts when harmony ends,” he said.

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