Felipe Massa offering financial boost to 2014 team
Massa claims he has partners who can help fund a seat for 2014
Felipe Massa could be set to offer financial backing to any team considering the Brazilian for a seat in 2014.
After it was confirmed Massa would be replaced by Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari in 2014, speculation has linked the 32-year-old with moves to Lotus and even McLaren.
While the McLaren move seems out of the picture, Massa had claimed he would only consider top teams in F1 or leave the sport.
Despite that, current midfield teams such as Williams, Sauber and Force India have also been mentioned.
Speaking O Estado de S.Paulo about his future and whether he could offer financial help to a smaller team, Massa said: "I don't mean that I'm taking money out of my pocket, which I would never do, I am a professional driver who gets paid to race and will continue to do so.
"But I can use my great relationships to find a company that wants to be part of a global marketing project, and there are many in Brazil.
"I think it's also important not just for my career, but also for Brazilian motor racing, which is at the limit now," he added.
Indeed another Brazilian Rubens Barrichello was dumped out of F1 after 2011 after admitting he would not look for financial backing in order to retain his then seat at Williams and Massa says he does have options outside of F1.
"There are other categories that interest me, like the DTM.
"I don't think I would race in Indy. So if I can't be in a category that I like, or if I run out of time, I can take a year off and still enjoy my life," he insisted.
Overall however, Massa said that while he was disappointed to be leaving Ferrari he is happy that it is Raikkonen who is replacing him.
"If the team had swapped me for a driver who doesn't have the qualities of Kimi, it would be a little harder to accept."
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