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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has dismissed concerns that Massa will be demotivated or selfish in the remaining races of his Ferrari career, despite the Brazilian being quoted as saying: "Starting on Friday in Singapore, I work only for myself."
Di Montezemolo described Massa as a "wonderful person" who will finish the season well.
"Supposedly he doesn't want to help Fernando? Nonsense -- he definitely will do it."
The return of Kimi Raikkonen to Ferrari has set up a potentially fractious rivalry with Fernando Alonso and has pushed Massa to the exit, complicating matters at the Italian team.
The Finn will not accept the secondary role which Massa had played to the Spaniard for the past four years, and many are already predicting trouble as Alonso is not accustomed to having a genuinely challenging teammate.
The man in the best position to make a judgment is Massa, who has been a teammate to both at Ferrari, and he is expecting friction.
"I know Fernando and Kimi well, both on and off the track. They are excellent drivers but I fear, as a team, there will be conflict," Massa said in an interview in Brazil this week. "I have told (Ferrari's management) to breathe deeply now, because breathing will be much more difficult next season."
Edited AP report