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Updated: October 16, 2009 01:17 IST

Massa backtracks after comments criticising Alonso

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Felipe Massa
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Felipe Massa has backtracked from his comments that future Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso knew Nelson Piquet Jr. was going to crash on purpose at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to help him win the race, something the Spanish driver has denied.

After telling Brazilian media that “without a doubt” Alonso knew of Renault’s plan to have Piquet Jr. crash, Massa issued a statement on Ferrari’s website saying that what he said was “the outcome of a hunch” and was not “based on any concrete evidence.”

Massa said: “The FIA World Council announced that there was no indication that Fernando may have been informed of what had happened and I respect this outcome.”

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