Felipe Massa has confirmed that he is in talks with Williams over a race seat for the 2014 Formula One season as he looks to secure his future in the sport.
The Brazilian driver has raced for Ferrari since 2006, but he will be replaced at Maranello next season by former teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Despite underperforming in the past few years, Massa is still confident of finding a seat on the grid next season even with the ever-growing presence of pay drivers, and he confirmed during a media session ahead of the Indian Grand Prix that he is in talks with Williams among other teams.
“I am talking with a few teams, including Williams, but I have nothing to say at the moment,” Massa said. “I’m pretty much confident that I am going to find an interesting direction.”
However, Massa is refusing to go too far down the grid just to secure a place on the grid, reinforcing his desire to drive for a competitive team in 2014.
“I will not go to a small team, I will go to the team that has some possibilities to do a good car and I hope I can find this solution,” the Brazilian explained.
That said, Williams currently lie in ninth place in the constructors’ championship with just one point. Nevertheless, the team’s heritage makes a seat with the team highly desirable.
Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy
Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.
Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.
Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.
A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.
A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.
Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.