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Massa enjoys Jaguar Formula E test, finds car ‘completely different’ to anything else

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Williams Formula 1 racer Felipe Massa enjoyed “a really fun day” testing for Jaguar’s Formula E team earlier this week, saying that the car was “completely different” to others he has driven.

Massa, 35, was known to be considering a move into Formula E for 2017 after announcing his plan to retire from F1 at the end of last year, making way for rookie Lance Stroll to join Williams and partner Valtteri Bottas.

Following Nico Rosberg’s shock decision to retire from F1 and Mercedes’ move to sign Bottas, Williams lured Massa out of retirement and brought him back for 2017 to ensure the team had at least one experienced driver.

Despite having a full season of F1 racing ahead, Jaguar confirmed last week that Massa would be testing its Formula E car, the I-Type, after receiving a request from the series to conduct running.

“I would like to thank Panasonic Jaguar Racing for giving me this opportunity,” Massa said after the test.

“It was great to experience a Formula E car as it’s something completely different to anything I’ve driven previously.

“The different power, brakes, tires and downforce mean it requires quite a different driving style. I’m happy with the experience and what I have learnt.

“Overall, it’s been a really fun day.”

Massa is understood to have carried out the test using one of Jaguar’s allocated development days for season four, with restrictions being placed on in-season running using the current car.

Should the Brazilian opt to move into Formula E at the end of the year, it is possible that he will make the grid for the start of season four, with series officials hoping to kick off the new campaign in Hong Kong at the beginning of December.

Jaguar will return to the track with full-time Formula E drivers Mitch Evans and Adam Carroll in Buenos Aires on February 18.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.