Bottas: The Martini partnership is very exciting and I’m a big fan of the new look and feel

Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas with their new Williams Martini Racing race suits

Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas with their new Williams Martini Racing race suits

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.

Williams FW36 in Martini Racing colours

Williams FW36 in Martini Racing colours

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.

Massa said, “2014 is starting on a positive note for Williams Martini Racing and hopefully we can keep that momentum going in Australia. Our car has looked reliable in testing and I have been impressed with how the team operates and how quickly I have settled in.”
The Brazilian also revealed, “I’ve visited the factory many times since the start of the year and seen the passion that everyone has for this team and the sport. Everyone at Grove has worked incredibly hard on the FW36 and I will be looking to unlock the car’s potential and reward everyone for their efforts.”
Williams Martini Racing make their debut as partners at the forthcoming Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. (GP247)
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  • McLarenfan

    I like it the branding looks good all round I wonder if Crashtor is kicking himself with regret as Williams for Massa and Bottas seems to be the place to be this season.

  • karlich

    Alright, I know I shouldn’t and it ain’t nice, but darn, Massa reminds me of Bug-Eyed Earl 😛

  • JennyFerrary

    They’re so hot my screen starts to burn!

  • Spartacus

    Reports have it that Crashtor has been crashing his head against the wall since the Jerez test…

  • Nowhereman

    Williams will see some podiums this year for sure.
    And it is my opinion that Williams will be the spoiler in the points chase between Ferrari and Merc this year.

  • McLarenfan

    Oh dear I hope it won’t damage his looks as damaged crash test dummies get scrapped!!!!

  • Janjua

    No he has not. Lotus will be Brilliant from Bahrain onwards.

  • Hugo Lafreniere

    I wish them the best, but I’ll believe it when I see it.