Massa kept Williams talks secret from manager Todt 20 February, 2014 Felipe Massa with Nicolas Todt Felipe Massa has revealed that he kept his talks with Williams last year secret even from his own manager Nicolas Todt. The former Ferrari driver said that when he initially made contact with the British team, Williams asked him not to involve his manager Todt. That is because Todt, the son of FIA president Jean Todt, doubles as Pastor Maldonado’s manager, whose Williams split – and that of his lucrative sponsor PDVSA – was already in full swing. “Williams preferred to speak directly with me, because Nicolas was already dealing with the departure of Maldonado, who did not want to continue,” Massa is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace. “I started talking by myself from the race in Japan and we agreed very quickly. But it all depended on the departure of Pastor and so it took a while to finalise,” he added. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsWilliams appoint Nielsen as sporting managerWilliams scoops another Lotus sponsorWilliams: Next year is about taking the fight to MercedesWolff looking to sell more of Williams stakeThe difference a year makes for Lotus and WilliamsSmedley: I did not expect such a quick Williams revivalWolff sells part share of Williams stakeSymonds: It’s costs that are going to kill Formula 1 and we need to face up to thisWilliams revival proving to be a big hit in the Formula 1 world2014 showed the good, the bad and the ugly of Formula 1 McLarenfan Can’t say I blame Williams or Felipe on that one at all. Hugo Lafreniere Good call. Would’ve been a conflict of interest. peter baldwin I bet Todt still expected his cut of the deal though!