Felipe Massa says he chose Formula E over other motor sport series because he was looking for a championship he could race in for a long time.
Asked by RaceFans whether he expects to stay in the category for the long term Massa said: “I think so.”
The former Williams driver consulted current Formula E races including Lucas di Grassi and Jean-Eric Vergne before committing to the championship. Massa said he sees more potential for growth in the all-electric series.
“I think Formula E is more of a possibility for me, how the championship is growing,” he said. “Everything around the event which is not only racing – which is what we [drivers] like – but the idea about the green direction, many companies are really interested. It is an event which will keep growing compared to even the other championships.”
Massa tested a Jaguar Formula E car early in 2017 but had to put his plans to join the category on hold after he returned to drive a final F1 season for Williams. He is now preparing to enter the championship with Venturi when the 2018-19 Formula E season begins in Saudi Arabia later this year.
The 37-year-old has spent two days testing at the Ales circuit in France. He said the car feels “completely different” to what he was used to in F1.
“It’s like a new challenge,” he said. “You need to learn the car, learn everything about the batteries.
“The car is a different mentality to the car I used to drive with Formula One in terms of weight, in terms of speed. But also most of the speed is in the city tracks which I’m sure makes things a lot more fun, interesting for the show, challenging.”
Asked whether Formula E could grow to the point that it becomes a genuine competitor to Formula One, Massa says it’s more likely now than before.
“If you ask that question for me maybe one or two years ago I would say no, impossible,” he said. “Now I don’t say the same.
“I think things change so quickly. I cannot really say that Formula One is unbeatable.”
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