Williams Formula One driver Felipe Massa has revealed he held talks with the Jaguar Formula E team over a possible move to the all-electric single-seater series.
Massa had announced his retirement from F1 after Williams' decision to sign Lance Stroll as Valtteri Bottas' teammate for this season. The Brazilian made a U-turn to return to Williams following 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg's shock retirement, with Mercedes opting to bring in Bottas as his replacement.
Having been confirmed at Williams for 2017, the 11-time grand prix winner completed a test in Jaguar's Formula E car last month. When asked about reports that he had been chasing a deal with Jaguar over the winter, the 35-year-old replied: "It was something that I was thinking for my future. For sure [I had] some talks, and I decided to do this test with Jaguar. I didn't cancel it.
"I just went there to know the car and to try. It was nice, it was a nice feeling. For sure very different to what we used to here, completely different car, completely different mentality of so many different things. But I think it was nice, learning a different category, learning a different car."
Massa admitted he was strongly considering a switch to Formula E, in case he was unable to secure a seat on the 2017 F1 grid. He said F1 remains his main focus and suggested he would stay in the sport beyond this season if the opportunity arose.
"I was thinking I would race somewhere for sure. It was an option, Formula E. I didn't take any decision. Now for sure, I will not take any decision now. But now I have no idea what's going to happen. I decided to come back to Formula One.
"I have no idea what's going to happen, if I will stay. I have the same mentality as I said last year. If I can stay, if I feel fit, that I'm competitive, that I can do a good job and I have some good opportunities to stay in Formula One, maybe I'll stay."