Felipe Massa says he is considering a move into Formula E but not in time for the new season which begins next month.
The Williams driver announced ahead of his home race this weekend he is stepping down from Formula One.
“I’m happy now, I’m happy with my decision and I’m happy with how things are going,” Massa told the BBC.
“I will definitely keep racing. That’s what I love to do. I will have more time for my family. And I will find some jobs to do around because I think staying at home, watching television, is not for me.”
“Maybe Formula E but I think not this season because the season is almost ready to start. So I’m really planning to race for a championship if I am in a team that will give me a chance to win, give me a chance to fight for the championship. That’s the way I am. I’m sure I can find this direction.”
Formula E’s 2017-18 championship begins in Hong Kong on December 2nd, one week after the F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi. The 20-strong entry list includes two of Massa’s fellow Brazilian ex-Formula One drivers, Lucas di Grassi and Nelson Piquet Jnr, both of which are already Formula E champions.
There are five other former Formula One drivers in the field: Jerome D’Ambrosio, Sebastien Buemi, Andre Lotterer, Nick Heidfeld and Jean-Eric Vergne.
Massa did not indicate which of Formula E’s 10 teams he would prefer to join. Mercedes and Porsche are slated to enter the 2019-2020 championship season.
“I always said a I want to race a team that wants to have me 100 percent in the team,” said Massa. “So that’s what I feel.”
Willimas is yet to announce who will take Massa’s place alongside Lance Stroll next year.
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year