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Angry Massa hits out at newspaper misquote

ESPNF1 Staff
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Felipe Massa and Rubens Barrichello share a joke earlier in the season © Getty Images
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Felipe Massa has criticised German newspaper Bild for misquoting him ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Massa was quoted as saying "for sure I am not Ferrari's second Rubens Barrichello", leading to Barrichello telling reporters at Suzuka that he and Massa are friends and he was sure he would not have made disrespectful comments.

Massa then denied even mentioning Barrichello during the interview. "The newspaper put in Rubinho's name," Massa said. "It wasn't something I said. I spoke to the journalist today and they apologised.

"I am very open about what I said, but it wasn't that. I was upset with what came into the press, because it's not nice to read an interview and it's completely the opposite of the truth. The question was 'would you accept being a second driver' and I said 'no because I race to win'."

Massa's team-mate Fernando Alonso accused the newspaper of being part of an attempt to destabilise Ferrari for the benefit of Sebastian Vettel. "I don't think we are going to get nervous about what is said by a newspaper from a country with a driver in the fight for the title," he said.