Of course, Massa had one of the shortest retirements in F1 history when he exited the sport at the end of last year, only to he called up to replace Mercedes-bound Valtteri Bottas for 2017.
He’s keen to stay in F1 but there are a number of drivers thought to be in contention for a Williams seat, including Sergio Perez, and there was also a recent rumour about Fernando Alonso going to the team.
If he isn’t on the F1 grid next year, Massa wants to switch to Formula E, having tested a Jaguar and spoke to teams before he secured his Williams future this year.
When asked if he had a back-up plan if F1 doesn’t work out next year, Massa is quoted by Autosport saying:
“Yes, Formula E. But I don’t know when.
“I did a test with them [Jaguar]. When I decided to stop F1, I was talking with some teams and with Formula E. I wanted to see the car, I wanted to drive the car and see how it is. I did a test with them just to see how it is.
“You cannot compare [it to Formula 1]. It’s completely different but it is still a competition. [There are] some great ideas for the future and the championship is growing. I think it’s fantastic [that new manufacturers are entering], and I see a big future in that category for a driver, especially after F1.”
However, he has yet to decide on what’s next for him, feeling he is still competitive in F1 and driving well:
“I need to analyse everything and then decide what is my option for next year and if the options I have are making me happy. I feel that I am competitive.
“When you see you are competitive and are doing a good job in the car, that really motivates you. But it’s true I don’t want to be in F1 to be at the back, I want to have a proper job and this is part of my ideas for the future.”
If he isn’t on the F1 grid next year, it’d be great to see a driver of Massa’s level joining Formula E and sparking things up in another series.