Todt: Massa’s experience and talent key to Williams deal

Felipe Massa with Nicolas Todt

Felipe Massa with Nicolas Todt

Felipe Massa’s manager Nicolas Todt insists that the key part of the Williams deal is the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship runner-up’s talent and experience.

“They saw the opportunity to have an experienced and winning driver, still young at 32,” said the Frenchman.

“Williams wants to renew itself, they need motivated people, so Felipe will bring a great motivation for them,” added Todt. “And for Felipe it was very important to feel wanted.”

Todt admitted that his role in the deal has been complicated, given the fact he also manages Maldonado, who has been linked with a move to Lotus.

About Maldonado, Todt said: “We should have news later this month. Pastor has lost none of the support he had before.”

Williams said that both Massa, and Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas, have ‘multi-year’ contracts. (GMM)

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  • iceman 2.0

    Todt Jr learnt all the tricks in the book from Todt Sr. Pushed MaDo from the cliff and brought his disciple in place. Good work! poor MaDo has nowhere to go now. Will miss him next year. Was a real character, wild , unwilling to abide by the laws of the civilised. In the meantime Filipe baby can suck his thumb through out the ‘multi-year’ period smiling his way to eternal idiocy.

  • Bakerman

    I would not be surprised to see Maldonado in the Lotus (even if the team (Boullier) wants Hulkenberg the Quantum deal is not 100% secure and the team’s board of directors (Lopez) might be very interested in Maldonado’s deep pockets)

    And even if Lotus doesn’t go for Maldonado, there’s still seats available with Force India, Sauber and even if those two teams don’t get Maldonado, there still a chance he might go to one of the smaller teams (Marussia, Caterham) just to stay in F1 (despite saying he wouldn’t, you never actually know what he’d do when faced with getting out of F1 completely).

    In fact Maldonado still has a big chance at Lotus. Sure, he isn’t as good as Hulkenberg, BUT on paper he doesn’t look that bad. He has won a race and he brings loads of cash.

    I am not a fan of Maldonado and I do want to see Hulkenberg in a race winning car, but I don’t consider Maldonado to be out of the picture, not yet.

    For Maldonado, the biggest threats are 1) if Hulkenberg gets the Lotus drive and 2) if the rumors are true that Petrov is looking to return to the grid and (as the rumors say) has about the same amount of money to bring to a team as Maldonado does.

  • The Pessimist

    Who the hell says that Massa is a talent, C’mon he was soundly outscored and out qualified by Fernando all these years inspite of being in identitical cars.I would even go a step further to say that Ferrari lost the constructors title in 2010 and 2011 because of Massa dropping too many points.

  • Dr. Azlan

    It’s about the car. Ferrari, like McLaren, failed to deliver quality cars for many years now.