Felipe Massa says he wants a top seat in 2014 and will not stay in Formula 1 just to make up the numbers.
Massa will leave Ferrari at the end of 2013 and has been in discussions with Lotus over their vacant seat.
“We are talking to some teams and we hope we can find the best direction for me and to find the best possible car,” Massa said ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix.
“I’ve said before I don’t want to be in Formula 1 just to be on the grid and part of the picture. I want to be fighting for the best possible results. I want to find the best opportunity to fight for wins, for the championship and for the best for me. I know I have a lot to give to a team.”
Massa said that he will still be pushing hard throughout the final seven events of his Ferrari career.
“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.”
“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, so I will be trying the hardest for the rest of this year and would love to leave with at least one more win.”
Massa also clarified his comments about the possibility of a ‘collision’ between Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.
“As for Fernando and Kimi, they are both great drivers and I know both of them very well. With the two of them, Ferrari has a top quality driver pairing. They are very different in terms of personality, as am I, because we all have our own character and I hope it all works out well for both of them and the team.”