Massa hopes to continue racing in 2018
9 November 2017 – Felipe Massa says he expects to compete elsewhere in 2018, after announcing his decision to retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season.
Massa, having delayed his Formula 1 exit in the wake of the unexpected end-of-2016 reshuffle, will bow out of the sport later this month, with Williams not offering any guarantees.
He explained earlier in the year that he felt DTM and LMP1 were "finished", due to the respective moves by Mercedes and Porsche respectively to focus on Formula E.
Massa sampled Formula E machinery at the start of 2017 and believes the category has an "important future", though all seats in the 2017/18 championship have already been taken.
Although in no rush to sort his future plans, the Brazilian emphasised that retiring from Formula 1 does not mean he is hanging up his helmet.
"It's part of my expectation to keep driving, to keep having fun on the track – that's what I've been doing since I was eight years old, that's also my job since a long time," he said.
"When you're driving and competing you really feel the emotion of doing your job or enjoying yourself.
"I really hope I can find a category that I can have fun, like I had in Formula 1 for very long.
"I will have enough time to think about it, to understand which is a good category to go to."
Massa's impending exit means there will be no full-time representation from a Brazilian driver for the first time since 1969, while the future of the Brazilian Grand Prix is regularly up in the air.
"I really hope Formula 1 stays forever in Brazil," Massa stressed.
"Definitely, Brazil is a very important country for Formula 1 – so many titles, so many drivers. I really hope Interlagos stays for a very long time in Formula 1 and anything I can give to help…
"It's true that we're suffering not an easy moment in Brazil, financially, but I think it's a very important event for São Paulo, it's a very important event for Brazil."