Massa “not interested” in making up the numbers

2013 Korean Grand Prix

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Singapore, 2013Felipe Massa says he is only interested in driving for a team that can be competitive in 2014.

Massa, who will be replaced at Ferrari by Kimi Raikkonen next year, says his management has “talked with a few teams” about a drive in 2014.

“For the moment we I think some good opportunities,” he said during the Korean Grand Prix press conference. “It’s better to wait and say in the right time.”

Massa added he is “quite optimistic we’re going to find a good arrangement, a good solution” for 2014.

“As I said I’ve not changed my mind, I want to have a car that can give me some good possibilities to fight, not a car that I will not have a chance to fight. So if I have that I’m not interested.”

The seat left vacant by Raikkonen at Lotus appears to be Massa’s best chance of landing a seat with a front-running team next year.

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36 comments on Massa “not interested” in making up the numbers

  1. Merv (@) said on 3rd October 2013, 18:35

    To be fair to Massa he’s probably been around where the Ferrari has deserved to be for the last couple of years. His biggest problem is probably that Alonso is a phenomenal driver who has dragged an armpit of a car around to challenge for titles.
    ALO v RAI is going to be fascinating and if Massa does land a worthwhile drive it’ll be interesting to see if he get closer to, or further away from Alonso with a different team.
    One thing is for sure though, he’s going to have to race for free, or close to it. That may push him in Lotus’ direction.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 3rd October 2013, 22:03

      Alonso has done well, but come on, Massa has underperformed his machinery over the last three years. A top driver like Alonso, Hamilton or Vettel would have been winning races or at least regularly on the podium in the F10, F150, F2012 and F138. Massa’s achieved no wins (though he could’ve had 1 in 2010), and only 8 podiums (over half of those in 2010 alone), which is simply not good enough for a team that has clearly been in the top three for the last four years.

  2. Bobby (@f1bobby) said on 3rd October 2013, 20:44

    He’s already making up the numbers in my opinion.

  3. Richard (@dream28) said on 4th October 2013, 1:50

    In 2009 Massa suffered a serious head injury from debris, due to a structural failure, that had fallen from a preceding racing car. He has a titanium plate in his head. In my opinion he didn’t recover 100% and that lack of total recovery hindered him. In 1999 I came home from work, went to sleep, and woke-up 12 days later when I emerged from a meningitis-induced coma. I lose my balance now just trying to pick a piece of paper off the floor and I now use a W/C to aid mobility_not a 100% recovery though for me. Seems like a similar situation.

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