Felipe Massa has revealed that he is in advanced negotiations with Lotus F1 Team as the Brazilian driver searches for a seat on the 2014 grid after announcing last week that he would not be driving for Ferrari next season.
Massa has enjoyed eight seasons at Maranello, becoming the second longest serving driver in the history of Scuderia Ferrari, but after a difficult couple of years he will leave the team at the end of 2013. In his place, the team has re-signed Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, but Massa is working hard to secure a move in the opposite direction.
“We are negotiating. In my opinion the Lotus has a very competitive car, which is what I want. It is a team with a very important story in Brazil as well,” Massa explained to Globo.
“We are having many conversations to try find a way for not only me but also Lotus to continue with a good car.”
Also thought to be in contention for the seat at Enstone is Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg, who came agonisingly close to being Massa’s replacement at Ferrari. Instead, Raikkonen’s move has had a knock-on effect on the driver market for next season.
Despite being forced out of one of the sport’s most famous teams, Massa has admitted that he feels more relaxed and that the move could in fact benefit him.
“I’m much more loose, more free. I think this might be good for me,” the Brazilian said.
“Of course I want a competitive car. It’s not impossible. It’s a change and I hope one for the better.”
At 32, Massa is by no means at the end of his Formula One career, and he will be keen to add to his tally of eleven grand prix victories, all of which have come with Ferrari.
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