Massa: I won't pay to drive in F1 but I can help a team attract sponsors

Felipe Massa in Singapore

Felipe Massa in Singapore

Felipe Massa, who will leave Ferrari at the end of 2013, has admitted he could bring a financial boost to a team that keeps his Formula 1 career going beyond this season.

The Ferrari refugee has been linked with moves to Lotus or possibly McLaren, but the Brazilian was quoted in Singapore as also mentioning Williams, Force India and Sauber.

11-time grand prix winner Massa, 32, said that there is no shame in offering some backing to a prospective employer.

“I don’t mean that I’m taking money out of my pocket, which I would never do, I am a professional driver who gets paid to race and will continue to do so,” he told O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper.

“But I can use my great relationships to find a company that wants to be part of a global marketing project, and there are many in Brazil,” added Massa.

In 2010 there were four Brazilians in F1: Lucas di Grassi, Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa and Bruno Senna

In 2010 there were four Brazilians in F1: Lucas di Grassi, Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa and Bruno Senna

“I think it’s also important not just for my career, but also for Brazilian motor racing, which is at the limit now,” he added.

If his current negotiations don’t work out, he has ruled out racing for a back-of-the-grid team.

“There are other categories that interest me, like the DTM,” said Massa.

“I don’t think I would race in Indy. So if I can’t be in a category that I like, or if I run out of time, I can take a year off and still enjoy my life,” he insisted.

Massa also said that, while disappointed to have been let go by Ferrari, he is happy that his replacement is Kimi Raikkonen.

“If the team had swapped me for a driver who doesn’t have the qualities of Kimi, it would be a little harder to accept,” he said. (GMM)

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