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Massa, Hamilton insist no personal animosity

Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton insist that there is no personal animosity between them - but still refuse to discuss their on-track clashes...

Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton both continue to insist that they want their F1 feud to end, but neither appears keen to be the one that makes the first move.

Speaking on the eve of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and two weeks on from their sixth clash of the season in India, both drivers admitted that there is no personal animosity towards each other, but there was no attempt to reach out an olive branch ahead of a race where passing has proved to be nigh on impossible in recent seasons.

Massa, who dismissed Hamilton's embrace following the minute's silence for Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli in India, admitted that the pair have not spoken since coming together in the race at Buddh International Circuit - an clash that finally earned Massa a penalty rather than his rival.

"I don't have anything against him to be honest - it's nothing to do with Lewis," Massa insisted, "I will try to fight very hard with all the drivers, [but] he was a little bit too aggressive this season. He's had a problem with many other drivers as well."

While Hamilton has openly admitted to 'issues' in his personal life that have affected his performance in the cockpit this season, he insists that calming the waters between himself and Massa will have to be a joint effort.

"I would like to clear the air, but it can't just come from one side," he maintained, "We have to meet each other in the middle and he has got to be willing as well. I have no problems with him, and that's been the same all year."

In NASCAR, the pair may have been called to the 'headmaster's office' and told to sort out their differences, but Bernie Ecclestone appears to have other things on his plate at present.....



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