The worst kept Formula 1 sponsorship secret was made public when Williams announced their partnership with Martini to form Williams Martini racing, and with it signalling the return of the Italian company’s iconic motorsport livery of which Valtteri Bottas is a big fan.
Speaking on the occasion of the launch, Bottas said, “2014 feels like a new start for the team. The Martini partnership is very exciting and I’m a big fan of the new look and feel.”
Of the recent testing in Bahrain the Finn said, “Testing has been very productive for us and we have learnt a lot about the FW36 and its characteristics. I have developed a lot as a driver over the past year and with a new car that I’m confident will be a step forward compared to last year, this is a season that I hope to show people my true potential.”
“I also have a highly experienced teammate alongside me in Felipe who I can learn a lot from. We will be pushing each other hard this season, and working together to keep improving the car and secure some good results for Williams Martini Racing,” added Bottas.
In what must go down as a case of perfect timing, Felipe Massa’s arrival at the Williams team has coincided with some massive good fortune for the Grove outfit with advent of not only new sponsors, but also a handy Formula 1 car in the FW36.