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Di Resta and Kubica tests won't be conclusive, says Massa

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Di Resta and Kubica tests won't be conclusive, says Massa
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Oct 5, 2017, 6:53 AM

Testing Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta in 2014 cars will not give Williams enough information to judge their 2018 Formula 1 seat potential, reckons Felipe Massa.

Felipe Massa, Williams FW40
Paul di Resta, Sky TV
Robert Kubica with Mario Isola, Pirelli on the grid
Felipe Massa, Williams FW40
Felipe Massa, Williams
Felipe Massa, Williams FW40 and Lance Stroll, Williams FW40 battle
Lance Stroll, Williams FW40, Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10, Felipe Massa, Williams FW40

Williams's shortlist for its vacancy alongside Lance Stroll next year is down to aspiring F1 returnee Kubica, current reserve driver di Resta and incumbent Massa, with Pascal Wehrlein as a long-shot candidate being advocated by the team's engine supplier Mercedes.

Di Resta and Kubica will both get tests in Williams's 2014 chassis - used for Stroll's F1 acclimatisation programme - between this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix and the next race in the United States.

But Massa argued a test in an older-specification car will not be representative.

"I think it doesn't change anything for me," said Massa when asked about di Resta and Kubica's tests.

"Williams know 100 percent what I can give for the team and even if you do a test with cars that are four years before, they are completely different. You cannot evaluate too much."

The Brazilian also insisted he was "pretty relaxed" about his F1 future.

"I am enjoying doing the best I can in the last races this year, and I don't know what is going to happen next year," said Massa.

"I am quite keen to do another season. I think I can do it in a great way, I think I can give a lot to the team like I did already.

"But I don't decide, the team decides. I have given a lot to the team, and F1 as well, and if people are happy I will stay."

Massa reiterated that he would prefer to know his future before his home grand prix in Brazil next month.

Last season the Interlagos crowd celebrated Massa's career in what was expected to be his penultimate F1 race, before Williams asked him to postpone his retirement following Mercedes' swoop for Valtteri Bottas as Nico Rosberg's replacement.

"We don't have a deadline," said Massa. "Definitely I think it will be good for the team, and also for myself, if we know what is going to happen before the race in Brazil.

"We'll see if that is possible, but we hope so."

Additional reporting by Jonathan Noble

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Felipe Massa Shop Now , Paul di Resta , Robert Kubica
Author Matt Beer