That is the claim of F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, who has previously admitted he is trying to help Massa find a seat next year, in order to maintain a Brazilian presence on the grid.
“I’m a big fan of Felipe’s,” the 82-year-old told Germany’s Sport Bild.
“I think he’s a fast driver; just terribly unlucky. But with his situation, I can’t do anything.”
Ecclestone said: “I think he could even go to Toro Rosso. It’s a better team than many people think. The only problem is that they have young drivers.
“What I can say is that formula one needs a driver from Brazil.”