Having lost his place at Ferrari to Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa could take his former team mate’s place at Lotus.
The outgoing Ferrari driver told Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte he had approached the Enstone team about driving for them next year.
“We are negotiating,” he said. “In my opinion, Lotus has a competitive car, which is what I want.”
Massa has also approached McLaren about a drive in 2014. However Massa indicated the Lotus discussions had been more encouraging so far: “With Lotus, the contact was very good.”
Raikkonen’s departure has improved Romain Grosjean’s chances of remaining at Lotus, as team principal Eric Boullier tries to retain some continuity in his driver line-up ahead of the coming overhaul of the engine regulations.
But while Grosjean has proved quick he has also struggled to shake off the reputation for being accident-prone he picked up last year.
Massa, the 2008 championship runner-up, is in his eighth season with Ferrari and has won 11 races for the Scuderia. After announcing his departure from the team last week he said: “I want to find a team that can give me a competitive car to win many more races and challenge for the championship which remains my greatest objective.”