Fernando Alonso says there is no ill feeling between him and Giancarlo Fisichella, despite earlier remarks that his Renault teammate could have helped him more during last week's Chinese Grand Prix.
Alonso, who joins rival team McLaren after this season, expressed disappointment with Fisichella's actions in overtaking him at Shanghai.
"Once he overtook me and I overtook him again, and these risky moments with three races to win the championship. (It's) not good enough I think," he said.
Schumacher went on to win in China, draw level on the driver's standings and set up a crucial showdown in Sunday's Japanese GP. The German could clinch the title if he wins at Suzuka and Alonso drops out or is scoreless.
"Maybe, in my opinion, in team play, maybe I should have had more help," Alonso had said.
Alonso was at pains to play down the issue in a team statement.
"I expressed very clearly that these were only my personal feelings, and that I completely understand and accept the team's decisions," Alonso said.
"Last night I explained that to the team and to Fisi, and there is no problem," he said. "Every single person at Renault is fighting to the maximum to win the championship."
In Friday's practice, Fisichella had the fastest time and Alonso fourth best with Schumacher third. There is qualifying Saturday ahead of Sunday's 53-lap race.
Alonso cannot clinch the title on Sunday because the tie break rules favor Schumacher at this point.