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Massa in talks with Williams over 2014 drive

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Ferrari's Felipe Massa has confirmed he is in talks with Williams, among other teams, for a race drive in 2014.

Massa's future in Formula One has been uncertain since Ferrari revealed he would be replaced by Kimi Raikkonen next year, but the Brazilian has made clear he only wants to race for a competitive team. This week, speculation in Brazil has linked him to a move to Williams, which has struggled for results this year, but Massa stressed it was one of several options.

"I'm talking with a few teams, including Williams," he said. "What I think and what I believe is something that I've already said, I'm not planning to go to small team. That's what I think and I will not go to a small team. I will go to the team that has some possibilities to do a good car, a team with some direction and is working to do a good car."

Williams was expected to keep Pastor Maldonado and Valterri Bottas in 2014, but Maldonado, who shares manager Nicolas Todt with Massa, has hinted he could end up elsewhere.

"Next year I have a contract with the [Williams] team," he said. "You never know, at the moment I have not taken any decision. We will see in the next couple of races.

"Felipe is a very good friend of mine. I wish him all the best and hope he continues in Formula One. For sure I will continue, but I don't know if it will be here at Williams or somewhere else and I hope Felipe does [continue] as well. It's a difficult situation for me to say something about Felipe. We have the same manager, we are looking for a place in Formula One and we will see."

Maldonado brings sponsorship in the form of PDVSA to Williams, but Massa made clear he is not bringing money to pay for his drive.

"I am not a paying driver, so I will not go to a team because I have a sponsor," he added. "I will go to a team for my experience and for what I showed already in my career. I'm not a pay driver and I would never go to a team and say 'I have a sponsor and it will pay for me'. I want to find a team that wants for who I am and not because of the money."

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