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Massa in Lotus talks

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Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has confirmed he is in talk with Lotus over a possible switch to the Enstone team in 2014, as the Brazilian seeks to continue his career in Formula 1.

Massa announced last week that he'd be departing Ferrari at the end of the season after seven years, with the Maranello-based team announcing that he'll be replaced by current Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, himself a former driver and World Champion with Ferrari.

Late last week, Lotus confirmed they were "currently in discussion with a few people", with Niko Hulkenberg thought to be the Enstone team's number one target to replace the Ferrari-bound Raikkonen.

However, Massa has since revealed he's one of the drivers Lotus were in talk with and that the possibility of extending his career in Formula 1 appeals to him.

"We are negotiating," Massa told Brazilian TV Globo. "In my opinion the Lotus has a very competitive car, which is what I want. It is a team with a very important story in Brazil as well.

"We are having many conversations to try find a way for not only me but also Lotus to continue with a good car."

With Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes having finalised their line-ups for the 2014 season and with McLaren set to confirm the pairing of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez, Lotus remain one of the only top teams with a vacant space ahead of next season.

Massa himself admitted having contacts with McLaren, but seemed more confident regarding a possible switch to Lotus. 

"I have had contact with McLaren. I can't judge... it's hard to say... with Lotus the contact has been very good," said the Brazilian.

"I want more. I want to win more races; I want to make more pole positions. So when you're not happy you need to try and carry on and try to do more," continued Massa.

Massa's race engineer, Rob Smedley, has been linked with a move to Williams ahead of the 2014 season.

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