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Felipe Massa unwilliling to work alone to rescue Brazil's F1 reputation

  • Published on 13 Dec 2016 10:29
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

Felipe Massa doesn't feel he can work alone to rescue Brazil's Formula One future.

Massa is the country's last Grand Prix winner, but recently retired. Compatriot Felipe Nasr's Formula One future is currently uncertain with only one seat at Sauber and two at Manor remaining, while the Brazilian Grand Prix was only recently confirmed after a lengthy period of uncertainty.

"I would help," the 35-year-old told UOL Esporte, "but only with the (Brazilian) federation supporting me. I would not get anything done alone.

"I think it's the mentality that needs to change so that it's possible to put together categories that will help drivers get to F1 again," Massa added.

In 2010, Massa founded Formula Futuro Fiat but the junior formula collapsed after just two seasons.

"I tried a lot to help, I did my best to help Brazilian motor sport and spent money doing it, but I understood at that moment that Brazilian motor racing did not want to be helped.

"So who am I to say what should be done?"

Massa hosted an all-star kart race every year but that too fell by the wayside in 2014.

"My initial idea was to have fun and help people -- not to make money," he said. "But the event was too big and it became a financial issue, and some situations appeared that I did not feel comfortable about."

Massa is expected to race in Formula E or DTM in 2017, as well as attending some Grands Prix with Italian TV.

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