Felipe Massa believes that a majority of the personnel within the Williams Formula 1 team want the Brazilian to stay for next season. Massa was brought out of a very short retirement this year, to replace Valtteri Bottas who took up a seat at Mercedes.
While the former Ferrari driver has remained consistent for the Grove team so far in 2017, there are reports that Williams are eyeing up a replacement, with a number of drivers being looked at. Massa believes that the results he delivered this year are enough to convince Williams to keep him for next year.
"They know me pretty well so they know what I can give to the team," he told Sky Sports F1. "Also we have some other names [in contention for a 2018 seat]. I’m sure I have most of the team on my side, especially the engineers and people who know about motor racing, but at the end of the day you have some other things around that it’s maybe not the talent that decides.
"I’m quite relaxed. I know what I can give and I’m totally motivated to carry on another year. If I’m here next year I will do my best to give the best to the team but, if not, then I’m relaxed to find a different way of my life. I will not wait until December. I don’t want to arrive at the last two races not knowing about my future."
???????? KL ?? pic.twitter.com/QhzdCnKm1Z— Felipe Massa (@MassaFelipe19) September 27, 2017
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