Williams Martini Racing have confirmed that they will make an announcement about their 2018 Formula One driver line up in due course following the news on Saturday afternoon that Felipe Massa will retire from Formula One at the end of the 2017 season.

Williams Chief Technical Officer Paddy Lowe has confirmed that the Grove based outfit are considering all available options for the 2018 season in relation to who will partner Lance Stroll next season.

Former Formula One driver Robert Kubica has been testing for Williams recently along test and reserve driver Paul Di Resta as the team explore their options for 2018.

Kubica has not raced in Formula One since 2010 with Renault and was set to race in 2011 however in February of that year the Polish driver suffered severe injuries in a rally crash which resulted in Kubica having to stop racing in Formula One.

Williams have recently been working with Kubica to whether or not a return to Formula One is feasible for the Pole.

Former Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat has also emerged as a candidate for the drive alongside Lance Stroll having been dropped by Red Bull in recent weeks.

Former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer could also be in the running for the seat having been dropped by the French manufacturer earlier this season.

The open seat at Williams is a positive for Palmer who has experience with the currently regulations and would be great fit for the Grove based outfit.

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