DTM, WEC, Formula E on Massa’s radar for 2017

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Felipe Massa is open to moves into DTM, Formula E or the FIA World Endurance Championship for 2017 after announcing his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the current season.

Massa confirmed over the Italian Grand Prix weekend that he would be calling time on his 15-year stint in F1 at the end of 2016, freeing up a seat at Williams.

Massa has no plans to walk away from motorsport, though, expressing an interest in getting a race seat for 2017.

The Brazilian had been linked with a move into either IndyCar or the Brazilian stock car series, both of which were raced in by Rubens Barrichello following his F1 retirement at the end of 2011.

However, Massa is planning to keep his racing commitments based in Europe, with three series on his radar.

“I have some people [interested in signing me] but I just need a bit of time to think about it and to decide in the best way,” Massa told reporters in Singapore.

“I will race. I just need to understand what will be the right choice [so] that I will keep enjoying [racing] and having fun.

“I don’t think it will be stock cars. Not IndyCar.

“I think maybe it will be DTM, WEC, Formula E – maybe one of these three I think.”

Massa has connections to all three championships and would act as a big name driver for each one, making a move into any of them possible.

Massa’s current team, Williams, has worked closely with Formula E throughout its short life span so far, supplying batteries to the entire grid via its Williams Advanced Engineering arm.

WAE has also worked with Jaguar ahead of its arrival into the series for season three, but with the Formula E grid seemingly full until the end of the new campaign in middle of 2017, such a move may prove tricky for Massa.

Williams enjoys a power unit supply from German manufacturer Mercedes, which enjoys heavy involvement in DTM.

Should Massa desire a return to WEC, hooking back up with Ferrari – for whom he raced in F1 between 2006 and 2013 – via its AF Corse program is not out of the realm of imagination. However, it would depend largely on the seats available at Maranello and its plans moving forward.

Regardless of where he ends up for 2017, expect Massa to remain a firm paddock favorite.