WUHAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 30: Ashleigh Barty plays a backhand during the ladies singles final between Ashleigh Barty of Australia and Caroline Garcia of France during Day 7of 2017 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open at Optics Valley International Tennis Center on September 30, 2017 in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)

The latest version on the Mercedes driver saga sees talk of now retired driver, Felipe Massa, making a comeback to the sport only weeks after his final race in Abu Dhabi.

Sky Sports are claiming that a source close to Massa has revealed that Williams have approached him to replace Bottas in 2017 so that they will still have an experienced driver in their line up to partner rookie racer Lance Stroll.

Why Mercedes don't approach Massa themselves, or even Jenson Button, who has a Formula One title to his name, is not quite clear at this stage, especially as it is thought that whoever they sign will only be needed for 2017.

Whatever they decide, we won't have any further news on Lewis Hamilton's new teammate until into the New Year at least.