Massa Sees ‘no reason not to stay in F1’ beyond 2017


Felipe Massa wants to extend his F1 future beyond 2017 - Credit: Glenn Dunbar/Williams

Despite having announced his retirement from Formula 1 mid-way through the 2016 season, Felipe Massa sees no reason why he should not be on the grid again in 2018, with the Brazilian happy to how he is currently driving.

Massa saw his career extend after Valtteri Bottas was lured away from the Williams Martini Racing squad to join the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team ahead of the 2017 season, and the Brazilian currently sits eleventh in the championship standings with twenty-three points, despite missing the recent Hungarian Grand Prix due to illness.

Williams has yet to announce their line-up for next season, but both Massa and Lance Stroll are set to be retained, with the Brazilian admitting that he has been feeling much more relaxed this season doing something he loves to do.

“I’m really in good shape, the way I’m driving, the way I understand the car and everything,” said Massa to Motorsport.com. “I have no reason not to stay in F1, but we’ll see what’s going to happen.

“I’m racing in a much more relaxed way and I’m happy with what I do in the car. Unfortunately, I was a little bit unlucky in a few races, but I’m enjoying it.

“Not thinking about some other things that are sometimes inside your job just makes you more relaxed, doing what I like to do, enjoying it and no pressure.”