With Felipe Massa heading into his final six races at Ferrari after an eight-year with the team, the driver has confirmed that he and his management team are working hard to secure a new place for him on the F1 grid for 2014.

"[My manager] is speaking with a few people and we will see what is going to be the best possibility for me," Massa told Sky Sports F1 this weekend in the Marina Bay paddock in Singapore.

Massa's personal manager is Nicolas Todt, who was seen having talks with Lotus F1 team principal Eric Boullier this weekend. Lotus have been left a man down by Kimi Raikkonen's decision to move to Maranello and takeover Massa's seat next season.

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But Massa said that while there were plenty of talks, with Williams another team rumoured to be interested in picking up the Brazilian's services for 2014, it was unlikely that there would be any early or quick developments.

"I don't think things are going to be decided so soon, but let's see how it is going to be," he said. "I hope I can choose the right direction."

But Sky Sports F1 pundit Johnny Herbert cautioned all parties to move quickly in order not to get caught out in the fast-moving driver market.

"The sooner they make their choice, the better," insisted the former F1 driver, who said that the Enstone-based team in particular needed to make sure it had the right driver signed up to replace Raikkonen to ensure that they carry their current momentum through to 2014.

"They need to get the right driver before someone else grabs him," he said. "I would go for Nico Hulkenberg because he is younger, he has that fire in his belly to really take it to the guys on track - but they have to do it quickly otherwise they are going to lose them."

His colleague Martin Brundle also agreed that Hulkenberg was the preferred choice, but didn't rule out the idea that Lotus might also snatch up Felipe Massa at the same time - and leave Romain Grosjean out in the cold.

"I don't think it is guaranteed they are going to put Grosjean back in it," he warned. "Finances are going to play a part. One of Felipe's personal sponsors, Richard Mille, is on the front of the Lotus which I can imagine is going to spin up into an interesting situation for the team financially. And you know Massa is going to do a good job."

Recalling Massa's own word that he didn't want to go to a team where he would just be making up the numbers on the grid, Brundle added: "It has to be a Lotus level team because if he goes back to Sauber in the second half of the grid it is kind of over."

In that event the 32-year-old veteran of 185 Grand Prix starts might opt to leave F1 altogether and possibily follow in the footsteps of his compatriot and early mentor Rubens Barrichello who competed for a year in the IZOD IndyCar Series and is current racing stock cars in his native Brazil.

By coincidence, Barrichello was present at Singapore this weekend undertaking media and broadcasting work, and was likely able to offer Massa some words of advice and encouragement on his next moves.