Williams driver Felipe Massa believes that he will be a key player in the F1 driver market in 2017 as a result of the rules shake-up due to the fact that teams will be looking for experienced drivers.

Formula One has been witnessing so many changes in its regulations since 2009 with the new rules regarding the power of engines, ERS, ECU, fuel efficiency and gearbox and so on. However, the biggest changes are yet to come in 2017.

Massa has competed in 229 grand prix, claiming 11 victories and he is an extremely talented and experienced Formula one driver at the moment as he started his career as a rookie with Sauber before joining Scuderia Ferrari at the age of 21 in 2002.

Williams technical chief Pat Symonds thinks it will be more challenging for teams this time around as they will have to develop solutions with heavily restricted wind tunnel hours and staff numbers.

Massa who has been driving for the British based F1 team since 2014 is confirmed to drive for a third year alongside his Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas who had been linked to Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari seat, after that, his future in F1 could be in the spotlight. Speaking to Autosport, the Brazilian commented by saying:

If I don’t have the opportunity to carry on in a level I believe I need and deserve, maybe I will stop. I will have time to think about it.

The Brazilian went on to say:

Next season will be a big change for everybody and people will be looking for experience. They will want drivers who know what to say and do to help the development of a team. So maybe it can be I stay in a good level, but it’s difficult to say now.

The Williams Martini Racing Team will be the main attraction at the weekend’s Autosport International Show at the NEC Arena with Massa appearing on the main stage over the course of the event.

Story by Oprah Sagal


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