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Ferrari driver ready to walk away from F1

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Felipe Massa had insisted that he will not line up on the Formula 1 circuit in 2014 if he cannot find a competitive race seat.

The Brazilian's eight-year drive with the Ferrari team will come to a close at the end of the year after the Italian team opted to sign Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen as his replacement.

Massa has started negotiations about moving to Lotus to take up the seat that will be vacated by Raikkonen courtesy of the move, while he has also claimed there has been contact with McLaren.

And speaking to Autosport, the 2008 World Championship runner-up revealed that he will quit Formula 1 if he isn't offered a drive that will allow him to battle for race victories.

He said: "We are talking with some teams and I'm hoping we find the best direction for me.

"I want to find a good car.

"I'm not interested in being in Formula 1 just to be there on the grid, I want to be there to have a good opportunity and to fight for a good result."

The Ferrari driver has come just a single point from winning a maiden Drivers' World Championship when Lewis Hamilton claimed the crown in 2008, and remains determined to win the title.

He added: "I want to have the best opportunity to fight for victory and to fight for the Championship.

That's what I'm looking for and hopefully we can find it as I have a lot to give."

Earlier this week 32 year-old Massa admitted he would relish the chance to drive for Lotus, and that he was in talks with the team.

Lotus are likely to be the last competitive team with a racing deal up for grabs for next year, however Massa faces a stern challenge to get his move.

Team Principal Eric Boullier admitted last week that the team are "currently in discussion with a few people".

Sauber's Niko Hulkenburg is considered by many to be the favourite to take the seat, and there are also links to Britain's Paul Di Resta.

McLaren meanwhile are unlikely to bring in a new driver for 2014, despite Massa's revelation that they had contacted him regarding a possible move.

Jenson Button is believed to have signed a deal with the team for 2014, while young driver Sergio Perez is expected to be given more time to impress. 

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