Felipe Massa has confirmed that he held talks with Jaguar concerning a Formula E drive for 2017 before making a surprise return to Formula 1 with Williams.
Massa announced last September that he would be retiring from F1 at the end of 2016, making way for 18-year-old Lance Stroll to claim his seat at Williams alongside Valtteri Bottas.
Massa was handed an unexpected reprieve when Mercedes approached Bottas to replace world champion Nico Rosberg following his surprise retirement, with the Brazilian’s comeback being made official in January.
Never keen to retire from racing completely, Massa had been exploring options in other championships including Formula E, and confirmed in Barcelona earlier this week that he did hold talks with Jaguar regarding a seat.
“[Formula E] was something that I was thinking for my future. My plan was to keep racing, so I had already decided to do this test to know the car,” Massa said.
“I even read that I already had a contract. I didn’t have anything to be honest. I didn’t have any contract. For sure some talks, and I decided to do this test with Jaguar. I didn’t cancel it. I just went there to know the car and to try it.
“It was nice, it was a nice feeling. For sure very different to what we used to here, completely different car, completely different mentality of so many different things. But I think it was nice, learning a different category, learning a different car.”
While a move into Formula E after his F1 career remains an option, Massa said that he will take no decision on his future for the time being and will focus on his duties with Williams for as long as he can.
“It was an option, Formula E. I didn’t take any decision. Now for sure, I will not take any decision now,” Massa said.
“But now I have no idea what’s going to happen. I decided to come back to Formula 1. I have no idea what’s going to happen, if I will stay [beyond 2017]. I have the same mentality as I said last year.
“If I can stay, if I feel fit, that I’m competitive, that I can do a good job and I have some good opportunities to stay in Formula 1, maybe I’ll stay.”