Schumacher talked to Massa after team orders row

Hockenheim: Former Ferrari favourite Michael Schumacher has had a private word with Brazilian Felipe Massa about the `team orders` furore that erupted at last weekend`s German Grand Prix.

Schumacher told reporters he had spoken to his close friend and former team mate after the Hockenheim race.

"He`s experienced enough not to need advice from my side," the seven times Formula One champion said at a news conference in a car showroom near the Hungarian Grand Prix circuit.

"I definitely had a little conversation with him but that`s naturally of a private nature."

Massa led at Hockenheim but finished a demoralised second in a Ferrari one-two after being told that Spanish team mate Fernando Alonso was quicker and then allowing him to overtake and win.

So-called `team orders` have been banned in Formula One since Schumacher benefited from them at the infamous 2002 Austrian Grand Prix, where Ferrari told Brazilian Rubens Barrichello to let him win.

Schumacher and Massa were team mates at Ferrari in 2006, the German`s last season before his comeback with Mercedes this year at the age of 41.

The two have remained close, with Schumacher saying last year that Massa was "like a brother to me" and that part of the reason why he retired, with Kimi Raikkonen already signed for 2007, was to save the Brazilian`s job at Ferrari.

There have been calls since Hockenheim for the ban on team orders to be lifted but Mercedes motorsport vice-president Norbert Haug said it was `not a black and white decision` and one best left to the governing body.

Haug said the fans and drivers needed to be taken into consideration.

"It`s not as easy as let everybody do what they want to do. We are racing for spectators, media and all the guys that are interested in the sport," he declared.

"The guys in the car need to be motivated. If you then say from the beginning, `You are number two and cannot overtake`, if the drivers are not fully focused and motivated you will not achieve anything and that needs to be kept in mind."

Bureau Report

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