Felipe Massa says he won’t make a potential full-time move to Formula E until next season under the premise he can secure a race seat which gives him a chance to fight for the title.

The new 2017-18 Formula E championship got underway this weekend, a week after Massa’s final Formula 1 race, with all race seats taken up for the campaign. While Massa isn’t against the idea of taking on replacement entries into this season’s Formula E if the opportunity appears the Brazilian driver isn’t focusing on a full-time switch until next season at the earliest.

With effectively 12 months until the start of the next season, Massa is content to fill his time with other races as well as media and sponsor work along with spending more time with his family.

“I don't think I will race in Formula E [in 2017-18] because it's just starting now and most of the teams have their drivers,” Massa said. “I want to race in the championship where I believe I can be on top, fighting for the races, for the victories and where I can be fighting for the championship, so I will prepare myself to find the right car, the right team and to start well in the season.

“If I had an opportunity to do a few races then okay but I don't know if I would have the opportunity but the championship is starting and for sure I'm not interested to take the seat of a driver just to be there.

“I have ideas of what to do in the meantime, coming to some races, doing some events, maybe doing a few races in terms of working in television or something like that."

Massa has exclusively competed in Formula 1 since his debut with Sauber back in 2002 and has previously stated he’s keen to remain in single-seater racing rather than switching to sportscars or LMP racing in the World Endurance Championship.

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