Felipe Massa is willing to take time to consider various options for his next move in racing as he gears up to bid farewell to Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi next weekend.
Massa will retire from F1 following next Sunday’s season finale at the Yas Marina Circuit, having made his debut back in 2002 and raced with Sauber, Ferrari and Williams.
The Brazilian has been linked with moves into DTM, the FIA World Endurance Championship or Formula E, testing a car from the latter earlier this year to get a taste for the series.
While some drivers may shy away from racing once their time in F1 is over, Massa stressed he is not looking to do the same, but is happy to have some time before making a final call on his next move in 2018.
“It’s part of my expectation to keep driving, to keep having fun on the track. That’s what I have been doing since I was eight years old, and my job for a long time as well,” Massa said.
“I think when you’re driving and you’re competing, you really feel the emotion of doing your job, or for enjoying yourself.
“So yes, definitely, I really hope I can find the category that I have fun, like I had in Formula 1 for very long.
“I will have enough time to think about it, to understand which is a good category to go, and then we will see.”
Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.
Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.
“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”
Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”