Schumacher Vows to Help Massa

Michael Schumacher says that he will fully support Felipe Massa in trying to make the most of the opportunity that the 24-year-old has as a Ferrari driver next year

Schumacher Vows to Help Massa

Massa, who worked alongside Schumacher in 2003 when he was a Ferrari test driver, will join the German seven-time World Champion when he replaces Rubens Barrichello in 2006.

Schumacher said the whole team rated Massa very highly and vowed to help the young Brazilian.

"Obviously, we (Ferrari) have known Felipe for a while as he has tested for us and been driving for Sauber, and from the beginning to now, it has been a steep learning curve. How good he is, we will have to find out," Schumacher said.

"I rate Felipe highly. It is not perhaps obvious because he is driving for Sauber, but when you study it in detail, he has done some good qualifying and some good races.

"Driving for Ferrari is very different from driving for Sauber but he will have the full support of myself and the team in getting the most out of it."

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