Nasr weighs up options for 2017


Felipe Nasr has revealed that he will make a decision on his future in September, with reports claiming that he is on the shortlist to replace Felipe Massa at Williams, where he was once a reserve driver.

The Sauber driver’s future has been in doubt since the takeover of the Swiss team earlier this year, and with the Brazilian’s contract coming to an end at close of the season, he is thinking about his options.

After Massa announced his retirement, names that were being mentioned as a replacement alongside Nasr included McLaren driver Jenson Button and Force India’s Sergio Perez.

However, with Button revealing that he will stay at McLaren and Perez likely to remain at the Silverstone-based outfit, Nasr’s chances at racing for Williams have improved.

When quizzed by Autosport whether Massa’s departure has given him an opportunity to discuss a deal with Williams, the 24-year-old answered: “We’ll see.

“This month, a lot of things are getting in place, and hopefully we can make a decision soon on that. I think this month will be decisive for a lot of other drivers as well.

“All I can say is that it [Williams] is a team I’ve always had a great relationship with.

“I’ve worked with some familiar faces that I’ve seen this year.

“I want to see what the possibilities are not only there but all the teams that we have in mind.

“All I have to say is I have run through a positive year there when I was there.”