Massa: I am talking with many teams including Williams but I do not pay to drive

Felipe Massa cycles at Buddh International Circuit

Felipe Massa cycles at Buddh International Circuit

Shortly after his arrival in India for the grand prix weekend, Felipe Massa admitted that he is in talks with Williams among other teams.

Earlier, a Brazilian website claimed that Massa, 32, has rescued his Formula 1 career with a five-year deal starting in 2014.

The report said that the Paulista, who has driven for Ferrari since 2006, will replace Pastor Maldonado.

That would tie in with speculation that Massa’s move is being powered by the former Williams sponsor Petrobras, a Brazilian oil company, whose branding would clash with Venezuela’s PDVSA.

PDVSA is locked in a sports backing corruption scandal but with a big money Williams contract until 2015, is reportedly in talks now to exit the deal.

Felipe Massa with Fernando Alonso and Pastor Maldonado

Felipe Massa with Fernando Alonso and Pastor Maldonado

“It’s too early to talk about it,” he is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport. “I am talking with many teams, and Williams is one of them.”

The Diario Motorsport website report earlier on Thursday, however, insisted that Massa will not be a ‘pay driver’.

The Brazilian driver had exactly the same message in the Buddh paddock on Thursday.

“I do not pay to drive,” said Massa. “If a team wants to have me, it’s because of my performance and my experience. I would never go to a team and say ‘I have a sponsor, can I drive for you’!

“First, I want the contract,” Massa explained. “Then if a sponsor wants to join, I will help the team, because any extra money for the team will also benefit me.” (GMM)

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  • flaf1

    5 year deal? why sign him for that long?

  • sebolonso

    Because off the sponsorship money coming from Petrobras, that ties him up for same period. Copy paste from Alonso Santander deal with Ferrari.

  • flaf1

    big difference between getting alonso with sponsor money and getting massa. one guy gets wins and podiums other guy gets in wrecks and causes alot of that money to go into fixing damaged race cars

  • Dr. Azlan

    Massa is showing solid maturity and turning out to be the next hero on the grid.

  • Ukwhite

    Hardly wait to see Massa in another team, wish him luck.