Felipe Massa has said he will seek a 2018 contract in Formula 1 if his good fortunes continue for the remainder of the year.
It was not too long so ago that the Brazilian waved an emotional goodbye to the sport, and hung his helmet up after 14 years in the paddock. However, an unexpected return was secured before the season started after Williams Martini Racing team-mate Valtteri Bottas made a career-defining move to Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team.
But it appears that the rigmarole has had a positive effect on Massa as he has enjoyed a strong comeback; two finishes in the top-six out of four races has placed him eighth in the standings.
And though he is currently on a year-long contract, Massa suggests that he would be interested in delaying another retirement if this form continues.
“It is a good year for me, and doing a good job and I want to keep doing the same, I am really not thinking about next year,” he said. “Just now, and we will see what is going to happen.
“I am enjoying and if I feel that I am competitive and enjoying it I carry on.”
The championship runner-up from 2008 has also spoken of the enjoyment he has found driving without “pressure“.
“I’m just doing my job the best way I can, no pressure, just enjoying,” he added. “The car is a bit better, you always enjoy when the car gives you the opportunity to do some good races.
“When everything is in this line you can do your best. I am really happy with my performance.”