Felipe Massa has said that he would consider his future in the sport if he wasn’t able to get a top drive for 2017.
Talking to Crash.Net, the veteran Brazilian who has a contract with Williams until the end of the season, has confirmed that if he were not to secure a top drive within the sport he would leave. Since moving from Ferrari, he has enjoyed an upturn in results and has compared favourably to Williams protégé Valtteri Bottas – one considered to be a big star within Formula One.
Rumours over the last few months have placed Jenson Button back at Williams for 2017, likely finishing his career where he started. SkySports F1 (UK) broke the news that he was even working on a deal to drive for the team in 2016, although only likely if Bottas had gone to Ferrari to replace Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen ended up staying at Ferrari and so far has had a much better year. A number of other drivers have also been linked to the second seat, with Daniil Kvyat and Alex Lynn recently rumoured.
“I’m still motivated, I’m still happy to do what I’m doing and for the moment I hope I will be on the track,” the 35 year-old said. “We will see, we need a little more time to understand what will happen but definitely I am looking forward to being at a nice team.
“If I don’t have this opportunity I will think twice, but I hope I can still be here racing and enjoying myself like I am now. For sure we are working on it [talks]. Definitely I am not losing time to understand what will happen next year and we will see what’s going to happen.”
Since the start of 2014, Williams have dropped down the standing with Red Bull and Ferrari now ahead with more funding available.