Though he won't be the wheel this season, Felipe Massa admits he was intrigued when shown the "more aggressive" design being developed for the 2018 Williams car.
The Brazilian called an end to his Formula 1 career for the second time at the end of last year, however, unlike 12 months ago, it seems this time it appears it will be a decision that sticks with Sergey Sirotkin reportedly on the brink of securing his seat.
In 2017, the Grove team dipped again in form finishing 100 points behind Force India in fifth in the constructors' championship but often sitting lower in the overall pecking order. Part of that was due to a relatively simple design compared to most but it appears that has been addressed with the FW41.
"I saw the new car in the wind tunnel and I saw so many changes that look quite interesting," Massa told Motorsport.com. "The car looks a lot more aggressive. It looks a lot different so I believe maybe they can improve."
Williams could be considered one of the unknown quantities going into 2018 as their new car will be the first under the leadership of technical director Paddy Lowe, who moved across from Mercedes.
Jumping Force India has already been revealed as one target, however, their 37-year-old former driver knows they face stiff competition from elsewhere.
"You will have Renault that will improve, you will also have McLaren so we need to see how much it can be this improvement," Felipe admitted. "I need to see also what the drivers can do but I believe maybe the team can have a better car compared to what we had until now."
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