Massa brushes off Williams 'shootout' reports
5 October 2017 – Felipe Massa has brushed off reports that Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta will be involved in a 'shootout' for a 2018 race seat at Williams, stating that "it doesn't change anything for me".
As reported by GPUpdate.net last week, Kubica, on the Formula 1 comeback trail, is one of several drivers that Williams is evaluating to partner teenager Lance Stroll next season.
Kubica had tested with Renault, but the manufacturer did not get all the answers it wanted from the outings, and opted to sign Red Bull-backed Carlos Sainz Jr. on loan.
According to Motor Sport Magazine, Williams is planning to test both Kubica and reserve driver di Resta in its 2014 car at Silverstone and the Hungaroring later this month.
By doing so, the team would get a direct comparison between Kubica, seriously injured in a rally crash in 2011, and di Resta, who stood in for the unwell Massa at this year's Hungarian Grand Prix.
Amid the speculation, Massa says that he remains "relaxed" about his future, as he also talks with Williams chiefs over a possible contract extension for next season.
"It doesn't change anything for me," Massa said of the reported test.
"If you do a test with a car that is four years before you cannot evaluate too much. And I don't know even if it's true, the test... to be honest, I don't know."
Massa, an 11-time Grand Prix winner, added that he is "keen" to stay at Williams for another season, but only if both parties can agree to continue "in the right way".
"I'm enjoying and trying to do the best I can in the last races this year," he said.
"I don't know what's gonna happen next year. I'm quite keen to do maybe another season. I think I can give a lot to the team, like I did already. I think maybe I can do another year.
"But I don't decide [what will happen], the team decides.
"I'm talking to the team. Definitely I can do a good effort for the team, but we need to find a solution to carry on in the right way. If people are happy that I stay, I stay."
On a timeframe for any deal, Massa added: "I think it would be good for the team and myself that we know what's gonna happen maybe before the race in Brazil."