Massa to consider F1 future after 2016 season

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Felipe Massa will consider his future in Formula 1 when he enters the final year of his Williams contract in 2016.

Massa, 34, made his F1 debut back in 2002 and is one of the most experienced drivers on the grid, having spent the majority of his time in the sport with Ferrari. The Brazilian joined Williams in 2014, and will enter the final year of his contract in 2016.

Speaking to UOL Esporte in Brazil, Massa said that he would consider his future if he did not have a competitive seat for 2017, and that he would have no hesitation in calling time in his career if needed.

“Next year will be the last of my contract, so I think that will be the most important season to understand if I will continue or not,” Massa said.

“If I have the chance to be with a competitive team, I will. Otherwise, I stop.

“I’ll be in F1 if I have a team like Williams, with whom I am very happy and they are also happy to have me. When you love working and feel loved, that is what gives motivation to continue.”

Massa is one of a number of drivers whose contract is up at the end of 2016, making him a key part of what promises to be a turbulent silly season in the F1 market.

Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will also be free agents as of the end of 2016, making widespread change on the grid likely.