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Massa could stay in F1 for 2018

  • Published on 22 May 2017 10:11
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Felipe Massa would be interested in staying on in Formula 1 beyond this year. The Brazilian retired at the end of the 2016 season but was called back to Williams after Valtteri Bottas left the team to join front-runners Mercedes.

Massa, who is the joint sixth most experienced Formula 1 driver of all time, is most well known for his lengthy stint at Ferrari, where he partnered world champions Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.

Despite returning from an unexpectedly short retirement, Massa has impressed so far, scoring two sixth place and one ninth place finishes, currently sitting ninth in the driver's standings on 18 points.

He is also outperforming his younger teammate Lance Stroll, who has so far struggled in adapting to Formula 1. And now the 36-year-old says: "If things continue to go so well, I would consider staying." 

Massa has never won the world championship, despite coming oh so close he did in the unforgettable season of 2008. While some argue that he may not be the driver he used to be, he is certainly performing efficiently for Williams, who he joined at the end of 2013.

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • Would be good to see him stick around, can't really see anyone else who would get the Williams' seat... Nasr maybe? But Massa still is the best option

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    • May 22 2017 - 10:35
    • Button, maybe? But Button has already ruled out a fulltime return, so I cannot see a more suitable candidate for the position.

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      • May 22 2017 - 16:49
  • Felipe is underrated in my opinion and fully deserves an F1 seat. If I owned a team I'd jump at the chance to sign him!

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    • May 22 2017 - 22:08

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