Massa predicts more F1 drivers to make Formula E jump

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Felipe Massa believes every Formula 1 driver will consider a move to "the future" Formula E.

The Brazilian is one of nine former F1 drivers to have made the jump, with seven others having also previously driven F1 machinery or been associated with teams.

And having built a reputation as one of the most competitive series around, Massa says the potential of FE is what attracted him and will attract others.

“Formula E is doing exactly what needs to be done. It is growing,” the Brazilian told British newspaper The Mirror

“When a championship is growing and getting bigger and bigger, all the big names are interested.

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“I was interested. I was following Formula E from the beginning and it was interesting. It was the only championship I was looking to come and race after Formula 1.

“I concentrate on Formula E because I believe in the future of Formula E more than I believe in the future of the other championship.

“I am sure that any driver that does not have the possibility to stay in F1, they will try and come to Formula E, I am 100 per cent sure.”

Season 6 saw FE take another big step with the arrival of Mercedes and Porsche as works teams as well as F2 champion Nyck De Vries choosing the series rather than stepping up to F1.

Since joining the grid with Venturi last year, however, Massa has only scored one podium in Monaco but he explained how much of that can be put down to adjusting to FE.

“I always say that comparing Formula E to the other championships is like comparing playing football in the field and playing football in the sand,” he said.

“It is the same sport, but how you play it is different. The way you run, the way the ball is jumping, the strategy, everything is different. It is the same for Formula E.”