Felipe Massa is a team-player

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There may be controversy stirring over at the Red Bull camp concerning who will walk away with the title this year, however, Ferrari have no such troubles as Felipe Massa claims he will be helping team-mate Fernando Alonso during the remaining races of the season.

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Following a win at the Japanese Grand Prix, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has bolstered his title hopes and now sits in joint-second position with Alonso.

Mark Webber still leads the pack but only by the smallest of margins, leaving the field wide open.

The McLaren pairing of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have managed to withdraw from the fray in recent weeks, due to a series of poor performances and unfinished races between them.

2008 world champion Hamilton believes that he is still in with a shot at the title, but has already admitted that he is facing an uphill struggle.

With focus firmly on Alonso, Vettel and Webber as they head into the final three races of the season, Alonso's Brazilian team-mate has insisted that he will be battling hard to help the Spaniard.

"I want to be fighting with those five drivers who are chasing the title, which is the best thing I can do to help Fernando," said Massa.

"Everyone in the team is pumped up for the challenge of the last three races."

Massa's act of humility in helping Alonso is due in no small part to the fact that he has never really been a serious contender for the title this season.

The last two races serve to highlight the kind of season he has had; starting at the back of the grid in Singapore, then crashing out of the race at the first corner in Japan.

Massa says that he is all too aware of these poor displays and is eager to finish the season on a high-note.

"They are very important for me on a personal level to fight back after the disappointing outcome of the last two races in Japan and Singapore," stated the Brazilian driver.

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