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Formula 1 2017
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Formula 1 2017

Massa weighing up DTM, WEC or Formula E for 2017

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Massa weighing up DTM, WEC or Formula E for 2017
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Sep 15, 2016, 12:11 PM

Felipe Massa thinks it most likely he will race in either DTM, WEC or Formula E next year, after confirming his retirement from Formula 1.

Felipe Massa, Williams
Felipe Massa, Williams Martini Racing
Start of the race
Start: #7 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18: Marcel Fässler, Andre Lotterer leads
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM leads
Felipe Massa, Williams FW38 Mercedes
Felipe Massa, Williams FW38 Mercedes, arrives on the grid
Felipe Massa, Williams FW38 Mercedes, leads Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31 Honda, and Nico Hulkenberg, Force India VJM09 Mercedes

The Brazilian announced at the Italian Grand Prix earlier this month that he would not be continuing in F1 in 2017, but made clear that he wanted to compete in another category.

When asked by Motorsport.com about if he had made progress in deciding where he would like to race, the Williams driver said a switch to Brazil or America was unlikely.

“No, I don't think [Brazilian] Stock Cars nor IndyCar,” he said. “It will be maybe DTM, WEC or Formula E – maybe one of these three I think. But everything is open.”

Massa said that representatives from other categories had been in touch with him, but that he was in no rush to commit just yet.

“For sure I have some people speaking to me,” he explained. “But I just need a little bit of time to think about it and decide in the best way.

“As I said, I will race – I just need to understand what will be the right choice that I will keep enjoying and having fun. I will have a little bit of fun.”

Pressure off

After admitting in his recent Motorsport.com column that he felt more nervous announcing his retirement than he does prior to races, Massa said on Thursday that he now felt relief his future had been clarified.

“It was a relief straight away after I said, not just after Monza,” he said. “To be honest, after Monza it has been the same.

“I am still happy with my decision and trying to enjoy, have fun in all of these last seven races. For sure the fun is also more fun if you have a good result, so that is what I am trying to do. So I hope we can have a good and enjoyable last seven races.”

When asked if the pressures or stress of delivering had changed now he was retiring, Massa said: “I think maybe the pressure is always there, but maybe it gets a bit better, because you decide already what you are doing for the future.

“I haven't decided that [totally], but I decided to stop: so, in a way the pressure is maybe a bit less than how it was before, but it doesn't change when you are in the car. You try to do the best you can, whether you're racing or not the year after.”

 

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Felipe Massa Shop Now
Teams Williams
Author Jonathan Noble