Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has admitted he misses working with Michael Schumacher.
The German won five world championships for Ferrari, and stayed with the team in a consultancy role after retiring from F1. He subsequently reversed that decision, signing to arce for Mercedes this year.
"We had beautiful years together and I gave him back his desire to race," said Ferrari president Montezemolo, referring to the offer last year to replace the injured Massa.
"At times I miss Schumacher, he gave so much to Ferrari, but he also received a lot."
Di Montezemolo also admitted that his relationship with Schumacher has changed since the German signed for Mercedes.
Talking about an upcoming charity football match that will include Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella in the line-up, he said: "A few days ago I was tempted to call him (Schumacher) to ask him to play for us. But as the team carries the Ferrari name, I avoided it."