Massa only wants drive with top team
19 September 2013 – Outgoing Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has made it clear that he is only interested in joining a team that will give him the opportunity to fight for victories and world titles.
The 32-year-old, who will be replaced by former team-mate Kimi Räikkönen next season, is currently involved in discussions with a number of Formula 1 outfits, naming Lotus and McLaren in an interview with Brazilian media earlier this week.
"We are talking to some teams and we hope we can find the best direction for me and the best possible car," said Massa. "I've said before that I don't want to be in Formula 1 just to be on the grid. I want to be fighting for the best possible results. I want to find the best opportunity to fight for victories and for the championship. I know I have a lot to give to a team."
Massa added that he is hopeful of achieving at least one more race victory before he leaves Ferrari, with whom he has competed for the past eight Formula 1 seasons.
"I plan to do the best I can for the last seven races, coming at the end of what has been a fantastic and very long career with Ferrari," Massa went on to explain.
"This team is part of my history, where I have spent the majority of my career, including eight years as a race driver and others as a young driver. In 2003 I lived mostly within the team and I know everyone and have many friends there, so I will be trying the hardest for the rest of this year and would love to leave with at least one more win."