The 29-year-old, paired between 2001-2004 with the feisty Colombian at BMW-Williams, said they still 'get on fine.
"I actually called (Juan Pablo) before Christmas," Ralf revealed, "and we chatted."
He admitted that the Press's reporting of the adverse teammate pairing was probably spurred-on by some track 'incidents' whereafter Ralf and JPM ceased talking for a while.
And Williams' philosophy of not curing a festering driver/driver relationship did little to help.
Schumacher's new employer, through technical director Mike Gascoyne, said that Toyota will give new pairing Schumacher and Jarno Trulli the 'right' environment in which to thrive.
"I gather," he added, "that Ralf had quite a prickly teammate (at Williams)." -GMM