Currently William’s driver, Felipe Massa plans to drive for Formula E if he does not extend his stay in Formula 1 next season. Earlier, Massa retired from F1 at the end of last year, only to be persuaded to rejoin Williams when Valtteri Bottas left for Mercedes. The Brazilian driver said earlier this year that he had begun talks with Williams about extending his contract to a 15th year. Massa is believed to be one among the drivers on the team’s shortlist that includes Sergio Perez alongside Lance Stroll in 2018.
When asked about any back-up plans if F1 is not on cards next year, Massa said: “Yes, Formula E. But I don’t know when.” Massa had reportedly tested for Jaguar and spoke to the team about a 2016/17 drive before committing to Williams. “I did a test with them,” added Massa. “When I decided to stop F1, I was talking with some teams and with Formula E. I wanted to see the car, I wanted to drive the car and see how it is. I did a test with them just to see how it is.”
“You cannot compare [it to Formula 1],” he said. “It’s completely different but it is still a competition. [There are] some great ideas for the future and the championship is growing. I think it’s fantastic [that new manufacturers are entering], and I see a big future in that category for a driver, especially after F1.”
Massa said he has not yet decided on his future, adding that he is motivated to drive for F1, but only if he has a competitive package. “I need to analyze everything and then decide what is my option for next year and if the options I have are making me happy,” he said. “I feel that I am competitive. When you see you are competitive and are doing a good job in the car, that really motivates you. But it’s true I don’t want to be in F1 to be at the back, I want to have a proper job and this is part of my ideas for the future.”