Panasonic Jaguar Racing has confirmed that Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa will enjoy a Formula E test amid suggestions that the Brazilian could move into the series in the future.
Massa, 35, had been due to retire from F1 at the end of 2016 and expressed an interest in moving into Formula E before agreeing to race for another year with Williams.
However, Massa appears to be planning for life after F1 after it was confirmed on Friday that he would be testing the Jaguar I-Type Formule E car.
“Panasonic Jaguar Racing received a request from Formula E to give Felipe Massa the chance to experience a Formula E car,” a spokesperson from Jaguar told NBC Sports.
“We are happy to provide this opportunity.”
Massa has a one-year deal with Williams after being drafted in as a replacement following Valtteri Bottas’ exit from the team, taking Nico Rosberg’s vacant Mercedes seat.
While Massa remains tied up in F1 until at least the end of November, Formula E’s fourth season is expected to start in December 2017, creating the possibility for the ex-Ferrari racer to move into the championship at that point.
Jaguar currently fields Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans in Formula E, having made its debut in the all-electric championship with a factory team at the start of October.
Alexander Rossi bobbled for the first time in 2018 with an 11th-place finish in the Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
And to add insult to injury, Rossi also lost the points lead as a result.
Rossi got off to about as great a start to the season as possible. He finished third at St. Petersburg and sat third in the standings. He finished third again at Phoenix and climbed to second in the points.
Rossi won the Long Beach Grand Prix after starting from the pole and leading 71 laps. That put him at the top of the standings after three races.
Then, as quickly as he climbed to the top, he got knocked down a spot after finishing off the podium for the first time in 2018.
Rossi not only missed the podium, he finished outside the top 10.
“We didn’t get the result that we wanted,” Rossi said after the race. “That remains a mystery. But at the end of the day it was about survival. We couldn’t make the tires last; we couldn’t really get a great fuel number.”
The biggest negative was the one factor that was mostly out of his control. Rossi gambled that he was facing only a brief shower when rain began to fall with about 15 minutes remaining. He was wrong.
“We tried to be pretty aggressive on the dry tires and stay out and survive the rain, hoping it would dry out,” Rossi said. “And it didn’t really work.
“Sometimes you’ll have those days.”