The Spaniard is set to join the Italian squad next year, but his 2010 teammate Massa put the harmony of their pairing in jeopardy this week by insisting Alonso must have known about Nelson Piquet's notorious deliberate crash.

Fernando Alonso on Thursday played down Felipe Massa's dubious welcome to the Ferrari team.

The Spaniard is set to join the Italian squad next year, but his 2010 teammate Massa put the harmony of their pairing in jeopardy this week by insisting Alonso must have known about Nelson Piquet's notorious deliberate crash.

"It's not very important for me. I'm not too worried," Alonso, who like Massa is 28, told reporters in Brazil.

"It will not affect anything, me or the relationship. I actually think we will be great. I think it will be a good group and we will be very strong next year," he said.

Massa will be in the Interlagos paddock this weekend to meet with his colleagues and wave the chequered flag, but Alonso said he is not planning to sit down with the Brazilian to discuss the crash-gate comments.

"Maybe we will have a chat, but I'm sure it won't be about this matter," he insisted.

"If we do have a chat it will be more about his recovery, that he seems well, about his experience at Ferrari. He has been there three or four years and I need to learn, to adapt myself a little bit quicker if possible.

"So anything I talk to Felipe about these days or in the future will be a huge help for me to know the team," he added.

 

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