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Felipe Massa hints at Formula E seat for next season

Spanish Grand Prix – Retired Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa has made a strong suggestion that he may be on the Formula E grid next season.

Felipe Massa was in attendance at Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, visiting the first F1 event of the year in Europe and dropping in to see former colleagues and friends at the Williams and Ferrari teams.

Having retired from Formula 1 at the end of the 2017 season after 15 years in the sport, Massa is enjoying a quiet year so far, but admitted interest in the Formula E Championship after his retirement.

Asked about the situation in December, he told Motorsport.com “I want to race in a championship where I believe I can be at the top, fighting for race victories and the championship.

“I will prepare myself to find the right car and the right team and prepare myself to start the season well. It will not be straight away.”

Collared by Martin Brundle during Sky Sports F1’s grid walk on Sunday, he was asked about his driving plans, to which he gave a more solid answer: “Formula E, next year”.

There are plenty of seats up for grabs in the series, with very few long term contracts in place as the series grows in popularity. Massa has driven the Jaguar Formula E car already, testing last year ahead of the current season, and said: “It was great to experience a Formula E car as it’s completely different to anything I’ve driven previously. The different power, brakes, tyres, and downforce mean it requires quite different driving style. I’m happy with the experience and what I’ve learned.”

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