Felipe Massa has confirmed that he is in talks with Williams over a seat for the 2014 season. He will leave the Ferrari team at the end of the year after eight seasons and will be replaced by Kimi Raikkonen.
The Brazilian driver has been linked to numerous race seats, included Raikkonen’s vacant drive at Lotus. Sauber could also be a destination for Massa in 2014 but more recently, Williams has emerged as a possible option.
He confirmed to media on Thursday at the Buddh International Circuit that he was in talks with several teams. “Sometimes you hear so many things about you and at the right time I will comment about that,” he said.
“I am talking with a few teams, including Williams, but I have nothing to say at the moment.”
The 32-year-old is confident that he will remain on the grid next season but has emphasised that he isn’t looking to drive for a team at the back of the grid. “I’m pretty much confident that I am going to find an interesting direction,” stressed Massa.
“Until you are sure, it is always a little risk, but I am positive that I can find this and I am working for that. I will not go to a small team, I will go to the team that has some possibilities to do a good car and I hope I can find this solution.”
The 2008 championship runner-up also insisted that he is not looking to become a ‘pay driver’ or join a team because of his sponsor package: “I am not a paying driver, so I will not go to the team just because I have a sponsor. I will go to a team for my experience, for what I showed already in my career. I hope I can find a direction to get a chance in a team that wants to have me for what I am and not for what I can give in terms of money.”
He added: “[Being part of a commercial package] is not bringing money to the team, this I helping to find a good direction. What I can do to help a team, I am helping myself. Whatever you can have to improve the situation, to improve the development, to do the best you can for the team by using your name is definitely welcome.”
Massa’s career at Formula 1′s most successful and iconic team will come to an end in four races time. It started off in successful style but in recent years, he has struggled to match team-mate Alonso.
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