Brazilian TV station to show live F1 even without Massa 25 September, 2013 In 2010 there were four Brazilians in F1: Lucas di Grassi, Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa and Bruno Senna Brazilian TV broadcaster Globo has announced that it will continue to televise live Formula 1, even if Felipe Massa is not on the grid beyond 2013. Earlier, there were fears Massa’s potential exit from the sport, after losing his Ferrari seat, could spell the end of Globo’s interest. But the company has now announced that it has sold the available advertising space for its coverage in 2014, with the existing sponsors staying put. Revealing that he is trying to help Massa stay in Formula 1 beyond 2013, chief executive Bernie Ecclestone told O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper last weekend: “The [Brazilian] media has an important role in trying to keep having a [Brazilian] driver in Formula 1.” Brazil, a hugely important market for the sport, has had a driver on every Formula 1 grid since Emerson Fittipaldi in 1970. But Lotus’ Eric Boullier said that Massa’s hunt for Brazilian sponsors will have no impact on the team’s choice of successor for the departing Kimi Raikkonen. “It would have zero effect on our decision,” he told F1’s official website. “I want to choose the driver on merit and not on money.” Boullier admitted that German Nico Hulkenberg is also in the running. “The question is do we want to be conservative and work with an experienced driver, especially with the new engine and powertrain next year, or do we gamble on a youngster?” he said. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsMattiacci: For the moment Fernando will continueFerrari: Performance of our cars was a pleasant surpriseFerrari: We want three car teams for the showHonda plan Alonso charm offensive at SuzukaAlonso: I think a podium is closer than everFerrari: The car will continue to improve right to the endMassa advises Alonso to resist McLaren switchFerrari: We had to deal with some reliability problemsFerrari pay tribute to Santander boss BotinAlonso: Someday I’ll talk too and somebody will not like it Tamburello_1994 Felipe who?