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Williams: 'Ferlipe Massa could stay in 2018'

Felipe Massa could stay in Formula 1 beyond the end of this year, according to Claire Williams.

Felipe Massa could stay in Formula 1 beyond the end of this year, according to Claire Williams.

The veteran Brazilian declared this week that he is not ruling out yet another year in Formula 1 for 2018. Massa actually retired at the end of last year but was lured back to the British team after Valtteri Bottas got the call-up to Mercedes.

When asked if a new deal for Massa is on the cards for 2018, Williams said: "I see no reason why not.

"We are fortunate that Felipe decided to interrupt his retirement and return to the team, and this year he is working very well, scoring points and helping Lance [Stroll].

"Also with his experience, he has been very effective in discussing with Paddy Lowe how to improve the car. So if we talk about next year, firstly it will be his decision if he feels sufficiently motivated to continue."

Williams are fifth in the team rankings heading into this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.

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