Massa 'happy to continue' in Formula 1

Massa 'happy to continue' in Formula 1

16 June 2017 – Williams driver Felipe Massa says that he would be "happy" to extend his Formula 1 career into 2018, having led the team's charge so far this season.

Massa was initially replaced by Lance Stroll for 2017, prior to Valtteri Bottas' switch to Mercedes, made possible when the Brazilian agreed to return to a seat.

Over the first seven rounds, Massa has finished in the points on four occasions, including sixth-place results in Australia and Bahrain, putting Williams sixth in the standings.

Massa has already fielded questions over his future, around a third of the way into the campaign, and stated that he would not be against staying on.

"As the middle of the season draws near, it is inevitable that talk has started shifting to 2018," Massa, contesting his 15th season in Formula 1, told Motorsport.com.

"I've already started facing questions from the media about my plans for the future – and especially next year.

"I feel good, I'm happy doing what I'm doing and I have a great relationship with the whole Williams organisation. Plus, above all that, I know I'm still competitive, which is what matters most.

"So on that basis, I would be happy to continue what I have always wanted to do – which is to race in F1."

Massa also backed rookie team-mate Stroll to build on his maiden points finish at the Canadian Grand Prix, which the 36-year-old watched from the pits after a first-lap crash.

"The early end to my race did at least allow me to watch the great race from Lance Stroll, who took his first points in Formula 1," added Massa.

"He pulled off a lot of overtaking manoeuvres, confirmed that he has made progress, and in the end delivered a good weekend.

"After some difficult times in Formula 1, he needed a breakthrough like this.

"I am certain that taking away some points from his home race will allow Lance to continue his rookie Formula 1 season with more confidence."

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