Felipe Massa’s Formula One future looks increasingly uncertain. The Brazilian who is out of contract with the Williams Martini Racing team at the end of the season hasn’t been mentioned by deputy team principal Claire Williams as a driver that they are considering for next season, with all the talk of the Grove based outfit taking up an option on Valtteri Bottas and potentially should he be a available making an approach to Jenson Button.
Massa has been with Williams since 2014 having joined the team from Ferrari after the Brazilian was replaced at Maranello by Kimi Raikkonen.
With Williams seemingly looking elsewhere for 2017, where does that leave Massa? The most obvious choice for the Brazilian would be to join the Renault Sport F1 Team. Massa is one of the most experienced drivers on the Formula One grid and has a proven track record having been with Ferrari for so many years.
Formula One will undergo a transformation over the winter ahead of the introduction of new regulations in 2017 and with experience been key to success next season Renault should be looking at Massa.
Renault who took over the Lotus F1 Team at the end of last season have had a disappointing return to the sport as a fully fledged works team. The Enstone outfit signed Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen as their race drivers and are currently in 9th place in the Constructors championship on six points all of which have been scored by Kevin Magnussen.
The 2016 season was always going to be a transition year for the Enstone based outfit and Renault have confirmed that they will increase investment in Formula One programme from this season.
There has been speculation that the Enstone team could receive a boost in the form of a new title sponsor with Movistar apparently set to join the outfit.