Nov.8 - Michael Schumacher has dismissed as the result of too much alcohol a controversy that brought into doubt his relationship with Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

It emerged this week that, at a season-ending party in Sao Paulo following the Brazilian grand prix, Massa joined in an insulting song about Schumacher with the former Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello.

But after experiencing plenty of end-of-season parties himself, the seven time world champion told the German newspaper Express: "There is always plenty to drink!"

He said the incident poses no threat to his mentor-style bond with Brazilian Massa, the 2008 championship runner-up.

"Felipe is my friend," Schumacher said.

The 39-year-old German's spokeswoman Sabine Kehm added: "Michael will meet with Felipe at the Ferrari World Finals in Mugello.

"It will be a great reunion," she said.