Massa: I am talking with many teams including Williams but I do not pay to drive
24 October, 2013
Shortly after his arrival in India for the grand prix weekend, Felipe Massa admitted that he is in talks with Williams among other teams.
Earlier, a Brazilian website claimed that Massa, 32, has rescued his Formula 1 career with a five-year deal starting in 2014.
The report said that the Paulista, who has driven for Ferrari since 2006, will replace Pastor Maldonado.
That would tie in with speculation that Massa’s move is being powered by the former Williams sponsor Petrobras, a Brazilian oil company, whose branding would clash with Venezuela’s PDVSA.
PDVSA is locked in a sports backing corruption scandal but with a big money Williams contract until 2015, is reportedly in talks now to exit the deal.
“It’s too early to talk about it,” he is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport. “I am talking with many teams, and Williams is one of them.”
The Diario Motorsport website report earlier on Thursday, however, insisted that Massa will not be a ‘pay driver’.
The Brazilian driver had exactly the same message in the Buddh paddock on Thursday.
“I do not pay to drive,” said Massa. “If a team wants to have me, it’s because of my performance and my experience. I would never go to a team and say ‘I have a sponsor, can I drive for you’!
“First, I want the contract,” Massa explained. “Then if a sponsor wants to join, I will help the team, because any extra money for the team will also benefit me.” (GMM)
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