Michael Schumacher has defended the decision by Ferrari to make Felipe Massa his new team-mate.
Massa (right) will be expected to support Schumacher
The Brazilian landed the drive after Rubens Barrichello's decided to quit the team at the end of the season.
Questions have been raised over Massa's quality as he has often struggled in his three seasons at Sauber.
But Schumacher said: "I'm happy for Felipe. He deserves this chance as he has been doing a good job for quite a while now."
Germany's reigning world champion added: "We have seen his talent lately in F1 but also when he was a test driver for us.
"We have not been the only ones who were interested in him."