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Felipe Massa has opened talks with Williams over the possibility of him remaining in Formula 1 beyond the end of the current season.
The F1 veteran has scored points at every Grand Prix so far in 2016 and is eight ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas in the drivers' standings.
Massa told Autosport that he had commenced contract-extension talks with Williams, adding: "We are working on it.
"I'm definitely not losing time to understand what is going to happen next year.
"We are working on it and we'll see what's going to happen."
Massa, in his fourteenth season as an F1 race driver, feels that his experience can count for a lot, particularly regarding car development.
"I still believe it can be very important to have a driver who knows what to say," said the Brazilian.
"They know where to improve, which ... is what I did in the last few years with Williams.
"Part of this improvement of this team is also totally related to my points, my experience and my help to make the car better and make the team better as well, which is what we saw in the last two years."
Massa mused about potential future options, following his eventual exit from F1.
"It would be nice to try ... different categories," he said.
"I really don't see myself racing NASCAR, as it's completely different and you need to start from zero again. It's like maybe going to do rallying - it's completely different.
"But I do see myself racing in other categories, maybe WEC (World Endurance Championship), maybe DTM (German Touring Car Masters), maybe Formula E. I don't know. We'll see."
Massa is currently seventh in the F1 drivers' standings with 37 points.