Felipe Massa’s future in Williams is still uncertain with Claire Williams reemphasizing the team’s focus is directed only at the current season and nothing else.
Massa was retiring by the end of 2016 but was convinced to come back to Williams as Valtteri Bottas had moved to drive for Mercedes.
The Brazilian believes he is still competitive enough in F1 but has already drawn a plan to move to Formula E in case he does not get any viable offers for next season.
Claire Williams, deputy team principal of the Williams F1 insists that the team is in no hurry to announce the 2018 lineup as their priority right now is towards the current season.
The long delay in announcements is not going unnoticed Massa. It looks like he knows an extension is not coming his way.
“Felipe has done a fantastic job, it’s been a bonus year for us. He very kindly came back, and he’s really delivered for us,” said Williams.
“Obviously the past couple of races have been tough for him with his medical issue [in Hungary] but we’re through that now and we’re looking forward to him delivering for the rest of the year and we really just have to wait and see.”
Robert Kubica and Sergio Perez are said to be the possible contenders for Massa’s spot at Williams.