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Felipe Massa held talks with Jaguar over Formula E drive

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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.”

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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