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Published: 13:35 | 3/6/16

Massa unmoved by Button rumours

Williams driver unconcerned about stories of Briton's return

Felipe Massa insists he is unmoved by rumours linking Jenson Button with a return to Williams next season.

Button is out of contract at McLaren at the end of this season and there have been strong rumours that a return to Williams may be on the cards for the 2009 world champion.

The Briton, who began his career in Formula One with Williams back in 2000, may not be offered a new deal with his current team for next season with highly-rated reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne pushing for a seat.

However, while many would see Button returning to Williams as the perfect bookend to his career, Massa is unconcerned.

Asked if he found the rumours unsettling, the Brazilian said: "For sure not. We all know about rumours in Formula One, and to be honest I am zero scared and worried about anything.

"I am really happy working for Williams - this is a team which gives me a lot of pleasure to work for - and I see the same with them working for me.

"It would be nice to stay, but it would be nice to stay in a team where you really see that you can do a good job and have a good future. I am ready for everything to be honest."

Massa is the only driver to finish in the top 10 at every race so far this season and, while he has been linked with a move to Formula E, he insists he would prefer to stay in F1 but only if he is competing at the highest level.

"I want to be doing Formula One when I have a team that I really feel happy to work with, and a team that can be competitive," he added.

"If I am working in a team that I know will be at the back, I will decide to stop and do a different thing.

"I like WEC and maybe even Formula E. It is a series that is growing, and maybe in two or three years it will be completely different and more enthusiastic for the drivers in terms of the cars."

Button would most likely be teamed with Valtteri Bottas were he to move to Williams next season.

The 26-year-old Finn was linked with a move to Ferrari for this season before the Italian constructor opted to re-sign Kimi Raikkonen for a further year.

However, he says he would like to stay at the British team.

"I have been at Williams for a long time and I would like to stay, but it is way too early to say if I am going to be here next year or not," he said.

"I want to win, which is the same for the team. We are working hard for that and I really hope we can do it together, but only time will tell if it is possible or not."

By: Kieran O'Daly

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