2018 F1

Felipe Massa to accept FIA role

The soon-to-be-retired Felipe Massa is set to take on an FIA role in the future.

Waldner Bernardo, president of Brazil’s automobile federation, has confirmed local reports that suggest the departing Williams driver will represent Brazil at the World Motor Sport Council.

“Normally the (federation) president nominates himself to be part of the World Council,” Bernardo told Globo.

“But I understand that Felipe Massa might be more useful than I am at the FIA.

“I invited him and on Tuesday, before going to Europe, he called me to say he had talked to his father, his friends, and understood that he could do something more for the sport,” he added.

The Formula 1 veteran also linked with moves into FIA World Endurance Championship and Formula E, its tested for Jaguar and spoke to the team about a 2016/17 drive before committing to Williams.

“It’s part of my expectation to keep driving, to keep having fun on the track. That’s what I have been doing since I was eight years old, and my job for a long time as well,” Massa said.

“I think when you’re driving and you’re competing, you really feel the emotion of doing your job, or for enjoying yourself.

“So yes, definitely, I really hope I can find the category that I have fun, like I had in Formula 1 for very long.

“I will have enough time to think about it, to understand which is a good category to go, and then we will see.”

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