Abu Dhabi: Felipe Massa has expressed his fears about Brazil's ability to maintain a tradition of supplying leading drivers to Formula One.
Massa, who is struggling to find a seat for 2014 after being told he will be released by Ferrari, is Brazil's only current F1 driver.
"We've always had successful Brazilian drivers in Formula One," he said. (Recap read: 'Dumped' Massa says he has good opportunities)
"And I think it's important. It's really a shame what's happened in the last few years. I'm now the only Brazilian driver in F1 and I still haven't got a contract for next year. It would be a big loss for Brazil if I'm not driving, or if another Brazilian driver isn't racing.
"I hope I can still be here and still fight for my country. but this is a problem that started a long time ago.