Felipe Massa accepts Max Verstappen apology

Felipe Massa of Williams poses for a portrait during day one of F1 winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 1, 2016
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Felipe Massa calls a close to the latest controversy surrounding Max Verstappen.

Felipe Massa has called a close to the latest controversy surrounding Max Verstappen.

In Bahrain, the Dutch teenager hit out at Brazil as a nation following a qualifying run-in with Massa.

Massa responded angrily, and the Red Bull driver duly apologised via social media.

"To tell the truth, he was hot headed and said things he should not have," Massa is quoted as saying by Brazil's Globo.

"But I get along really well with him, I have no problems with him and to be honest, I was only playing with him.

"And I think he understood, because he apologised and that's the way it should have gone. He's a cool guy, a great driver and I'm sure with age, he's going to get better."

The championship continues with the Russian Grand Prix on April 30.

Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP into the first corner during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 10, 2015
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