It may be unclear as to what Nico Rosberg will do now that he’s officially retired from Formula 1 but that’s not the case for Felipe Massa. Having retired from F1 in 2016, the Brazilian has very clear aim to get back to racing in another series and one must wonder if the World Endurance Championship might not be something he’s focused on. Massa said:
“I’m working for a proper championship, a full season,” Massa told Autosport. “I have not decided yet but I have some strong ideas.
“I am completely ready to keep racing in another category.
“I saw drivers like Michael [Schumacher] who were not accepting to race in another category, so then he was riding bikes and so many things.
“But I don’t see the reason not to do something you like to do, which is driving, so I am fine to keep driving.”
Much of his decision will rely on his market value in alternate series and which racing format he’d like to participate in. German DTM, American NASCAR, IMSA or Indycar, WEC, Rally or even Australian V8’s. As a former paid F1 driver, paying for a ride in another series isn’t going to be something Massa is keen to do but how much would a team in, say, WEC pay Felipe for his services when the driver market is as competitive as it has ever been?
The larger the series, the better chances he’ll have and perhaps a return to his old team, Ferrari, for the GT series in WEC or IMSA would be appealing to both parties as the Italian manufacturer certainly enjoyed his time there and his career in Maranello was the second-longest at the team behind Michael Schumacher.
Having competed in 250 grands prix and celebrated 11 victories, Massa has come a long way since his debut at Sauber back in 2002 but it seems that he’s not done yet and the passion to drive is still strong.
Hat Tip: Autosport