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Massa: I’m not going to make up the numbers
19 September 2013
Felipe Massa insists that he won't stay in F1 'to make up the numbers' in 2014, and would be prepared to walk away from the sport if he fails to secure a competitive drive for next year.
The Brazilian will be replaced by Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari after the Italian team decided it was time to make a change in its driver line-up, leaving Massa to evaluate the options now available to him.
Massa is already reported to have spoken to Lotus about the vacancy it has in its line-up following Raikkonen's departure and the 32-year-old said he was keen to find a drive that would allow him to challenge towards the front.
“For the future we are talking with some teams and I hope to find the best direction for me,” he said. “I know I have a lot to do, but I want to find a good car. I'm not interested in being in F1 just to be there, I want to be there for a chance to fight for the best result possible. I'm not going to be on the grid just for the sake of it.
“I want to be able to fight for race victories and for the championship and hopefully I can find a drive that will offer me that. I feel I have a lot to give to a team and to give to F1, so that is what I am looking for.”
Before thinking about next year, Massa will seek to end his time at Ferrari on a high, and he admitted he would love nothing more than to add to his win tally before the season is out.
Massa hasn't won since taking victory in Brazil back in 2008.
“The expectation for the rest of the year is to be the best I can be in the final seven races,” he said. “I have had a fantastic career with Ferrari and for sure, my time with them is part of my story. I want to finish my time with them in the best way possible and will do the best I can to get some strong results. A victory would be a great way to end things and I will continue to push hard.”