Felipe Massa says Nico Hulkenberg sent him a text message after the Singapore Grand Prix to apologise for the collision between the two.
Hulkenberg arrives in Japan with a three-place grid drop after stewards found him to be at fault for the accident, which occurred as the Force India driver and Massa attempted to round Turn 1. Though Massa continued, the crash ended Hulkenberg's race in the wall.
"He sent me an SMS to apologise, so it was nice," Massa said. "Maybe he was too optimistic to close the door like that, but anyway it's okay and it's nice to have the message."
Massa had just exited the pit lane and approached the corner side-by-side with Hulkenberg and thinks the German should have been more patient.
"He had a big chance to stay in front, because he could brake much later because his tyres were in a much better shape. If he stayed to the line on the right, then at the next corner it would've been in his favour. He just closed the door too early and didn't give any space for me.
"On that angle, it was impossible to see him. I just saw him when I was starting braking. I couldn't do anything because I was in front and I couldn't see there was a car there, even though I braked completely to the left. It's much easier for him to see me than for me to see him."
Immediately after the race Hulkenberg was baffled by the penalty but appeared to have had a change of heart having analysed footage of the crash. At the FIA press conference on Thursday, Hulkenberg conceded he could have taken a wider line into the corner and given Massa more space.
"I looked at the video footage and probably should have given Massa a bit more room because he was on the inside, I had space in the right. Visibility is also difficult when you are alongside each other and I thought I was heading up but I wasn't. So, we take the penalty here and put the incident behind now and move on and the make the best out of the weekend."