Massa claims Williams driver decision is financial

Felipe Massa during the 2017 Abu Dhabi, Grand Prix

Felipe Massa claims that his former team Williams’ decision on its 2018 driver line-up is based on financial considerations.

Massa retired at the end of the 2017 Formula 1 championship, creating a vacancy in the Mercedes-powered team.

Robert Kubica had looked set to make a return to F1 to partner Lance Stroll at Williams, but Russian Sergey Sirotkin seems to have usurped him after the post-season Abu Dhabi tyre test.

Asked if he was surprised that Kubica appeared to be out of the running, Massa told Autosport, “The path of the team is financial, including Kubica, so it does not surprise me.

“But I don’t know what will happen, I’m not following the team now.

“My thoughts are in other things and what I’m doing from now, and it’s not F1 anymore.”

Massa has regularly been linked to a move to Formula E at some point after his F1 career, but he said any talks along those lines are still in the early stages.

“I have some talks with some teams, with some people, but everything is in the very beginning,” he said.

“There is nothing that I can say that is close, but it will appear quickly.”

The 36-year-old made 269 grand prix starts in his career, winning 11 races and fighting for the 2008 title, which he says exceeded his expectations.

“The only thing that was missing for me was a world title and I believe that I was the Brazilian driver who came closest to do that, from those who were not champions,” he said.

“I have nothing to worry about, I’m an accomplished guy and that’s the most important.

“I actually had a lot more than I imagined in my career, I fulfilled all my dreams.”

Williams is expected to publicly finalise its driver line-up in January.

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