Felipe Massa wants Williams decision by Brazilian GP
The Brazilian is hoping to do another season in Formula 1.
By this time last year, Felipe Massa had already decided to leave Formula 1 for the 2017 season, until he was lured back due to Valtteri Bottas' move to Mercedes.
With five races remaining in 2017, the Brazilian is not certain of his future with Williams - even though this time around, he wants to do another season in 2018.
The decision though is not in Massa's hands, as the Grove-based outfit is set to evaluate reserve driver Paul di Resta and Robert Kubica for a possible seat alongside Lance Stroll.
The growing speculations isn't a worry for Massa as he insists, Williams knows what he can offer. However, the 36-year-old wants a decision from the team by the Brazilian Grand Prix next month.
"We don’t have a deadline, but definitely I think will be good for the team and also for myself that we know what’s going to happen maybe before the race in Brazil," he said.
"We will see if this will be possible, but I really hope so it does. In my head, I am pretty relaxed. I am enjoying and trying to do the best I can in the last few races this year.
"I don’t know what is going to happen next year, but I am quite relaxed. I am quite keen to do maybe another season, I think I can do it in a great way.
"I can give a lot to the team like I did already, and I think maybe I can do another year but I don’t decide, the team decides.
"I am talking with the team definitely for next year and we are in discussions. Everything has some directions around, I have my direction as well to follow, like a professional driver like I always have been in my career in Formula 1.
"I am really happy for that and that’s the way it is and definitely I can do a good effort for the team, but we need to find a good solution to carry on in the right way that everybody’s happy.
"If people are happy that I stay then I stay and I’ll do everything I can to stay in the top level. I am quite relaxed and trying to do my job in the right way in the last races, and we will see what’s going to happen," he added.
The team is going through a difficult patch in 2017 as it sits fifth in the constructors' championship - a long way off from Force India - while battling with Toro Rosso, Renault and Haas.
Despite the podium from rookie Lance Stroll, overall it has been tough going for the former world champion squad, with the team looking at a new driver pairing for the 2018 season.
Its title sponsor Martini's requirement of one driver needing to be above 25-years of age has certainly limited its options to the tested and tried drivers, such as di Resta and Kubica.
Of the reports stating about a test to evaluate di Resta and Kubica, Massa believes such tests in the 2014 cars will not be enough to decide.
"I think it [the reported test] doesn’t change anything for me. Williams know 100 percent what I can give to the team," he said confidently.
"Even if you do a test with the cars that is four years before, it is completely different. You cannot evaluate too much.
"So, it doesn’t change anything for me to be honest. I don’t even know if it is true, the test or not," he added, with a smile.
With Fernando Alonso set to stay with McLaern, the only seats remaining to be confirmed for the 2018 season are with Toro Rosso and Sauber - none of which could be useful for Massa.