Massa will move to Formula E after F1 exit
Quote:Felipe Massa says he will head to Formula E if he does not extend his stay in Formula 1 next season.
The Brazilian retired from F1 at the end of last year, only to be persuaded to rejoin Williams when Valtteri Bottas left for Mercedes.
He said earlier this year that he had begun talks with Williams about extending his stay in F1 to a 15th year.
Massa is believed to be one of a number of drivers on the team's shortlist, that includes Sergio Perez, to line up alongside Lance Stroll in 2018.
When asked if he had any back-up plans if F1 is not an option next year, Massa said: "Yes, Formula E. But I don't know when."
Massa tested for Jaguar and spoke to the team about a 2016/17 drive before committing to Williams.
Motorsport.com understands those conversations have continued but are not something that is been pursued for the short-term.
"I did a test with them," added Massa. "When I decided to stop F1, I was talking with some teams and with Formula E. I wanted to see the car, I wanted to drive the car and see how it is. I did a test with them just to see how it is.
"You cannot compare [it to Formula 1]," he said. "It's completely different but it is still a competition. [There are] some great ideas for the future and the championship is growing.
"I think it's fantastic [that new manufacturers are entering], and I see a big future in that category for a driver, especially after F1."
Massa said he has yet to decide on his future, adding that he is motivated to compete in F1, but only if he has a competitive package.
"I need to analyse everything and then decide what is my option for next year and if the options I have are making me happy," he said.
"I feel that I am competitive. When you see you are competitive and are doing a good job in the car, that really motivates you.
"But it's true I don't want to be in F1 to be at the back, I want to have a proper job and this is part of my ideas for the future."
Lynn replaces Lopez at DS Virgin Formula E squad
Quote:Alex Lynn will replace three-time WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez in DS Virgin Racing’s driver line-up for the 2017/18 Formula E season.
Ex-Williams F1 development driver Lynn joined DS Virgin earlier this year as its reserve driver and made his Formula E debut in New York when Lopez had to miss the double-header because of his Toyota LMP1 commitments.
Lynn claimed pole for his debut but retired from both races, and now steps up to a race seat on a “multi-year” deal that will pair him with Sam Bird, who remains with DS Virgin for a fourth season.
“I am over the moon at being promoted to a full-time drive with the DS Virgin Racing Formula E team,” said Lynn.
“Having worked very closely with them since January, it has been a genuine pleasure to learn from such a fantastic group of high quality engineers and to integrate myself into their set-up.
“I would specifically like to thank [team principal] Alex Tai for not only giving me the chance to make my series debut in New York, but for subsequently promoting me to this full-time race seat.
“I intend to fully repay everyone’s faith in me on track next season.”
Bird has won five races with DS Virgin, and is the only driver other than title winners Sebastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi to be victorious in each Formula E season.
He finished fourth in the drivers’ championship last season, and took a rare double win in the pair of New York races.
“Last season saw us take some big steps forward in terms of pace and energy management – as our double victory in New York showed – and I know the team has been working hard on maintaining this competitive edge,” said Bird.
“I’m looking forward to further success in season four and to be partnering with Alex who will no doubt prove to be a real asset to the team.”
Lopez may be forced to sidelines
Lynn’s promotion to a full-time race seat means Lopez may have to spend the 2017/18 season on the sidelines.
Lopez scored two podiums in a rapid but erratic rookie campaign, and a report in the Argentine’s home country last weekend alleged a breakdown in Lopez's relationship with Tai.
Alongside Lynn’s confirmation, Tai and DS performance director Xavier Mestelan Pinon thanked Lopez for his 2016/17 efforts, with Pinon highlighting his “valuable technical feedback”.
Though Lopez has previously indicated a desire to stay in the series, only a handful of seats are understood to still be available and those options are with non-race-winning teams like Venturi and Andretti.
Lopez’s FIA World Endurance Championship programme beyond the end of 2017 is also uncertain, with his employer Toyota yet to commit to the series following Porsche's withdrawal.
Berarti so far yang lineupnya udah confirm baru Renault, Dragon, sama DS. Audi - Mahindra - NIO kabarnya bakal retain 2 driver mereka masing masing