Massa would come out of retirement for Mercedes seat

Date published: December 6 2016

Although Felipe Massa retired from Formula 1 just over a week ago, he says he would come out of retirement for Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes race-seat.

While Massa made it clear early in 2016 that this championship would be his last, Rosberg shocked the world of motorsport when he announced days after winning the title that his run was over.

Mercedes are now searching for a new driver to partner Lewis Hamilton with Massa admitting he would come out of retirement for the chance to race for the reigning World Champions.

“I am very happy with my decision to retire,” he told Globo Esporte. “But who would not want to race for Mercedes?

“Running in the best car was all I wanted but I do not think it will happen.

“I hope Mercedes find the right way and a decent driver.

“Racing in the best car is a pleasure for any driver but I am certainly happy with my decision [to retire].”

As for Rosberg’s decision to call it quits, the former Williams driver said: “It was a huge surprise to see him announce that he is stopping, after he has just won the championship, at the age of 31, he is young… No doubt it is a great surprise for everyone.

“But I believe he knows more than anyone else what he’s been thinking, what he’s been wanting to do. He did not decide this overnight.

“I wish the best for him and that he has a fantastic moment after being a champion.”