Massa sees FE drive as post-F1 career path
31 August 2017 – Williams driver Felipe Massa says he sees his future in Formula E, once he brings down the curtain on his career in Formula 1.
Exactly one year ago at Monza, Massa announced that he would retire from F1 at the end of the season, ostensibly bringing down the curtain on a 14-year career, spanning 250 Grands Prix.
However, he ultimately stayed on at Williams after Valtteri Bottas was recruited to replace retired World Champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes, prolonging his career in Formula 1.
Massa, during the off-season, sampled a Formula E car with Jaguar, and reckons he will switch to the all-electric championship once he leaves Formula 1.
"Yeah, Formula E," Massa responded when asked if he had a back-up plan should he not retain his Williams seat, or move to a rival F1 team, for 2018.
"I did a test [for Jaguar] since I decided to stop in Formula 1, I was talking with some teams in Formula E and I wanted to drive the car and see how it is.
"I think it's fantastic and I see a big future in that category for a driver, especially after Formula 1.
"It's different, I never raced in Formula E to see how it is, but I think after Formula 1 everything will be a learning [curve] to get used to a different category.
"It's like a restart, but I will decide when I stop Formula 1."
Massa, though, insists his short-term future is still in Formula 1, and hopes to stay with Williams.
"I feel that I am competitive, and if you're doing a good job, I think that really motivates you," he said.
"It's true that I don't want to be in Formula 1 to be in the back, I want to be in Formula 1 to have a proper job and this is part of my idea for the future."