Rubens Barrichello may not be expecting the subject of Lewis Hamilton's driving to be raised at the drivers' meetings at Suzuka this weekend, but Felipe Massa
continues to simmer over his clash with the Briton last time out in Singapore.
Having had a run-in during the final phase of qualifying on the Marina Bay
street circuit, Hamilton misjudged an attempt to tuck in behind the Ferrari
driver after an aborted passing move in the race, with the ensuing clash removing the Briton's front wing and puncturing the right rear tyre on the Ferrari. Massa subsequently confronted Hamilton in the midst of the media scrum after the chequered flag, but was brushed off by the Briton, and remains frustrated that there has been no apology forthcoming from his rival.
Asked whether he had managed to speak to Hamilton between the Singapore and Japanese races, Massa reported that there had been no contact - and insisted that he would no longer be the one to initiate it.
"I didn't speak to him," he confirmed to reporters at Suzuka, "I tried to speak to him, but he didn't want to speak to me. That's why I was even more disappointed because, if I was in his position, I would come to say sorry. I will not go to him to speak to him. I didn't do anything, to be honest, I just had a tyre punctured in my race, so I have [no reason] to go and try to speak to him. If he comes to speak to me, it's fine."
The Brazilian repeated that he had tried to resolve the spat amicably after the Singapore race, but was equally frustrated by Hamilton's attitude at the time. However, he confirmed that, like Barrichello [see story here
], there were no plans to raise the standard of the Briton's driving during this weekend's briefings.
"I was disappointed and tried to speak to him [in Singapore] without the media," he claimed, "Then, when I saw him [conducting TV interviews] I did what I did. [However], I think I have nothing to say [in front of the other drivers] because everything he is doing, he is paying for that. The FIA is doing what is inside the regulations. If you cause an accident, you are going to have a drive-through."
Massa also denied that a radio message from Ferrari
engineer Rob Smedley - who had urged the Brazilian to 'destroy' Hamilton's race - had had anything to do with the collision between them.
"For sure, we are in competition and this happens in every sport," he said, "It was even a little bit funny when I saw [media coverage of the radio call] as Rob was saying it just to push me, not to destroy the race of anybody. Anyway, I would not do it if he asked...."
Hamilton, meanwhile, said that, while he expected to speak to Massa over the Japanese GP weekend, he did not feel that there was any need to revisit what happened in Singapore.
"I don't think we have anything else to discuss," the Briton insisted to Reuters
, "I don't have any problems with him, [and] it's a shame we're still talking about the previous race. I'm over it, it's in the past, I had my penalty so I don't feel I owe any more.
"It's not about how or what I've done this year, but how I rise above it and how I come back out on top at some stage. What's important for me is to try and get a good again."