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Massa claims most of Williams want him to stay for 2018

  • Published on 29 Sep 2017 08:41
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

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."

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • boudy

    Posts: 1,168

    noooooooooooo not another year ......

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    • Sep 29 2017 - 12:56
  • Im not as sure. Honestly, Williams only kept him because they couldnt get something better this year, and for sponsorship reasons. Im not sure he is as needed the next season though.

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    • Sep 29 2017 - 15:30
    • mbmwe36

      Posts: 533

      Agreed.
      I used to be a huge Massa fan, but I'd say that after his accident with the spring he's just not been the same driver on a consistent basis. This last year especially has done nothing good for his legacy - I'd say it's time to call it quits.

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      • Sep 29 2017 - 15:40
    • Yes, its about time. I dont think he has performed that horribly, especially considering the current Williams doesnt really seem to be up to scratch, but I think there are other, better suited drivers around.

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      • Sep 29 2017 - 16:20

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