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Felipe Massa still considering options for 2014

As he heads into his final races with the Ferrari team after an eight-year tenure at Maranello, Felipe Massa has confirmed talks with a number of different teams.
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.

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.

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20.09.2013- Friday Press Conference, Eric Boullier (FRA), Team Manager, Renault F1 Team
22.09.2013- Race: Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
21.09.2013- Rubens Barrichello (RA) and David Coulthard (GBR)
22.09.2013- Race,  Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138
20.09.2013-  Free Practice 2, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138
press conference with:
Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05
press conference with Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 , Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07

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September 23, 2013 5:04 PM

Lotus is the only logical choice, the other possibles are only makewaits on the grid. Does Massa really want to spend the remainder of his F1 career trailing round in 15th place, I doubt it, he's lucky to have had 8 years at Ferrari most people don't last that long. I think he should follow Webbers sensible choice of driving sportscars, he's good enough to land a top drive anywhere.


September 23, 2013 2:32 PM

Grosjean is safe at Lotus.. EB more-or-less confirmed that in at least one interview I saw him give over the weekend. Dont forget he brought Grosjean back and kept him on despite the errors & problems in 012. Massa might be a contender there (for Kimi's old seat), but I have a gut feeling it will be Williams. Next year could be a "blank canvas" start for all the teams, so this year's form may be irrelevant come March next year. I've posted before, I think Rubens will be influential in getting him in there.

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