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.