Jenson Button linked with his seat at Williams for 2017, F1 veteran Massa admitted in Monaco that with his contract expiring, the time was right to start “working on what the future holds”.
Speaking after European Grand Prix in Baku, Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams said that the team were in talks with a lot of different drivers ahead of next season, but refused to rule out the notion of the former world champion returning to the team where he made his F1 debut back in 2000.
“We are talking to them and we are having other conversations with other drivers in the paddock to see what other opportunities there are,” Williams said.
“But that’s not to say we aren’t happy with the job Valtteri and Felipe are doing. We have a great line-up, but no decision has been made. We just have to work through the conversations.
“‘Button back at Williams’ is a great headline. He started his career here, he’s a world champion and extremely intelligent when it comes to building a team around him and helping the engineering side develop the car.
“Of course he is going to be an attractive proposition if he is available. But we are talking to a lot of drivers in the paddock at the moment – and he may or may not be on the list.”
Williams has an option to retain current driver Valtteri Bottas for another season, but Felipe Massa’s deal expires at the end of the current campaign which has led to plenty of speculation surrounding at least one of the team’s seats.
“I have the chance to continue in Williams, yes, but also to negotiate with other teams,” Massa said after Monaco GP.
Also there are rumours Felipe Massa is in talks with Renault about a potential switch to the French works team for 2017.