Massa admits to talks with Lotus and McLaren
16 September, 2013
Felipe Massa is known to be in talks with Lotus but has revealed that he also has an eye on a race seat at McLaren.
The Brazilian told the broadcaster Globo that he will not be playing a supportive role for Ferrari ‘number one’ Fernando Alonso for the balance of his career with the fabled Italian team.
“No, I won’t be doing that,” said the 32-year-old, who has been told he is being replaced by former teammate Kimi Raikkonen after November’s 2013 finale.
“I’m going to attack,” Massa promised.
He is hoping that the ‘attack’ will be the springboard to another top car, having already ruled out continuing his career with a back-of-the-grid team.
“We’re negotiating with Lotus and it’s going well,” said Massa. “They have a competitive car, which is what I want.
“We are also in contact with McLaren, but this is more difficult to judge,” he added, referring to the British team that is yet to confirm whether its current drivers, Jenson Button and Sergio Perez, are definitely staying put in 2014.
One driver not clinging onto his similarly-long Formula 1 career is Mark Webber, who is swapping his Red Bull cockpit for a Porsche prototype for 2014.
The 37-year-old Australian told Formula 1 Racing magazine that finding the right time to stop is difficult for any sportsman.
“I’m probably leaving Formula 1 a year too soon but with the [regulation] changes next season and the opportunity to join Porsche, it’s the best move for me,” said Webber. (GMM.)
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