Williams confirms Massa and Bottas for 2014 season

Felipe Massa to join Williams for 2014 season

Felipe Massa to join Williams for 2014 season

The Williams F1 Team is delighted to announce that Felipe Massa will join the team to drive alongside Valtteri Bottas for the 2014 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season. The new line-up reflects Williams’ determination to bring success back to the team.

Having competed in 12 FIA Formula One World Championship seasons, Felipe is an experienced talent and proven race winner, with 11 race wins and 36 podiums to his credit during a hugely successful career. He has frequently challenged for the Drivers’ Championship, missing out by the narrowest of margins in 2008 and has also contributed to Ferrari‘s Constructors’ Championships in both 2007 and 2008.

After joining Williams as the team’s Test Driver in 2010, Valtteri was promoted to a race seat in 2013 and has matured into an accomplished Formula 1 driver, impressing the team not least with his handling of the difficult conditions in Canada to put his Williams-Renault FW35 third on the grid.

Felipe Massa with Pastor Maldonado

Felipe Massa with Pastor Maldonado

The Williams F1 Team would like to take this opportunity to thank Pastor Maldonado for his efforts and contribution over the past three seasons, in particular delivering the team’s Spanish Grand Prix victory last year. We wish him well for the future.

Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal: “We are delighted to be able to confirm our 2014 driver line-up and welcome Felipe into the Williams family. He is an exceptional talent and a real fighter on the race track; he also brings a wealth of experience as we begin a new chapter in our story. Valtteri is a valued member of the team and I’m pleased he was able to demonstrate his talent in tricky conditions in Montréal. There is much more to come from him.”

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal: “It is very exciting for us to be able to confirm our 2014 driver line-up as part of a number of announcements we will be making over the coming weeks. Felipe has demonstrated his talent and speed over the years, as well as his ability to help motivate and drive a team to championship success, and we are extremely pleased that he will be joining us as we embark on our 2014 campaign. Valtteri is an exciting, young talent who has done a solid job for us in his rookie season and we are looking forward to giving him the equipment he deserves to show just how good he is.

Frank Williams with daughter Claire and the Williams team

Frank Williams with daughter Claire and the Williams team

“This announcement is a key step towards our goal of returning Williams to the front of the grid, and part of our on-going plans to ensure we are stronger in 2014 and beyond. The stability of having both our drivers on multi-year contracts, Mercedes-Benz as our engine partner and a strong commercial base all contribute to the future success of the Williams F1 Team.”

Felipe Massa: “Williams is one of the most successful and important teams of all time in Formula 1. When I was a kid, I always dreamed about racing for Williams, Ferrari or McLaren and I’m glad to be signing with another icon of the sport following my time at Ferrari. It is also nice to remember that some of the best Brazilian drivers raced for Williams and cemented a strong national link with the team. With such a major change of regulations in 2014, I hope my experience will be useful in helping the team in its effort to move on from a difficult period. Since my early days in motor racing, I don’t remember seeing so many new rules in a single season and I’m fully prepared to work with everyone at Grove to make sure we find the right direction.  I’m highly motivated to start working hard from the very beginning in what is an exciting new challenge in my career.”

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas reamins with the team for at least another year

Valtteri Bottas: “I’m very happy to be staying with the team as I embark on my second season in Formula 1. I have known everyone here for many years, firstly as a test driver and now as a race driver, so it feels like home. I have faith in Williams and I know we can do so much better in the future than our current performance shows. I am looking forward to having Felipe as my teammate. He is a quick and experienced driver and together we will be pushing to the maximum to improve the car and get as many points as we can next season. We will be working throughout the winter to ensure we are ready for the challenge of 2014. I would also like to thank everyone at Williams, especially Frank, Claire and the senior management for their on-going trust in me.” (Williams)

  • hillside

    Williams has been jumping from driver to driver that can bring money to keep the team from sinking.

  • OJ

    Williams has Mercedes power next year. They also have great experience in energy recovery units (Williams Hybrid Power). Don’t be surprised when Williams F1 wins races with Massa next year! I really hope they do!

  • tod

    Really good news!
    Best of Luck to Felipe & Williams for next season!

  • The Pessimist

    Ma$$a was chosen purely for the money and not for his driving skills which everyone knows is pretty average,real shame that a historical team like Williams which was all conquering in the 90′s and which was instrumental in bringing drivers like Button,Rosberg and Hulkenberg to F1 have resorted to such extremes just to survive.

  • captain tortuga

    @ pessimist :

    Massa’s skills are above average, (also to F1-standards) his character maybe allowed for Alonso to play boss, but as is shown the last few races, he surely still has the speed, as per when he is released of the ‘deputy’ status.

    I like Massa, and he beat kimi in one season also if i remember well.

    Also i feel that since this year his speed is also really back, he was a bit careful maybe, after he had the accident, but now he is doing a good job, whilst still (probably) driving the ‘lesser’ of the two Ferrari’s.

    I am affraid that this good news also has a bad side… and that could be that Crashtor is bound to go to Lotus. With which they will lose (another) fan for sure. (i cannot support a team that makes room for such a below par driver with an above par bag of money)

  • ZombieJebus

    Excellent.

  • McLarenfan

    Felipe Massa did most of the testing his whole time @ Ferrari he has talent but they always had things like c**p pit stops and the wrong tyres for him now with Williams he will push to prove Ferrari wrong that he still has the right stuff Williams will move forward towards the front end of the pit lane Bottas too.

  • Hawk

    Will Crashtor get a drive?

  • captain tortuga

    @Hawk : i sincerely hope not. He’s better of driving quads through a Venezuelan forest ;)

  • SeattleF1Fan

    I think this is perfect! Massa is the best man for the job there at Williams. Good luck to him and the team. Looking forward to 2014 season ;)

  • David

    This has a better “feel” to it than than what has prevailed at Williams recently. I’d love to see this team regularly in the points again – it’s a family business after all. Generous sponsors now required!