Massa describes positive Lotus talks
16 September 2013 – Felipe Massa has spoken out over the possibility of securing a race seat with Lotus next season, admitting that initial discussions have been promising.
Following last week's announcement that Kimi Räikkönen is to replace Massa at Ferrari next year, the latter was almost immediately linked with the Enstone-based outfit, and team boss Eric Boullier made clear that the 32-year-old is a candidate.
With Massa's management – headed up by Nicolas Todt – now firmly in negotiations, the Brazilian is hopeful a deal can be reached and his Formula 1 future secured.
"We are negotiating," Massa, who has 11 race victories to his name, told Brazil's Globo Esporte. "In my opinion, Lotus has a competitive car, which is what I want. It's a team that has a very important story to Brazil too. We are having many conversations to try to find a way not only for me but also for Lotus to continue with a good car."
Massa went on to explain that he has also been in contact with McLaren over a future drive, but suggests Lotus is a clearer opportunity given Räikkönen's impending exit.
"I've had contact with McLaren," added Massa, who has seven races remaining with Ferrari. "I cannot judge, it's hard to say. With Lotus, the contact has been very good."
Compatriot Rubens Barrichello last week expressed his support to Massa, insisting that there is 'life after Ferrari', before tipping him to claim a place on the 2014 grid.