Massa full of praise for Bottas

Felipe Massa with Valterri Bottas

Felipe Massa with Valterri Bottas

Felipe Massa has tipped his ever-improving Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas as a potential Formula 1 world champion.

The Brazilian, 33, believes that his 25-year-old Finnish teammate has all the necessary credentials to claim the title.

Massa’s career has been spent alongside a string of world champions including Canadian Jacques Villeneuve, seven-time champion German Michael Schumacher, Finn Kimi Raikkonen and two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso.

“He’s a great driver,” said Massa. “He’s shown since the beginning of the season that he’s a great driver, that he’s quick, competitive, that he’s clever, intelligent, working very hard.

“It’s clear he’s doing everything correct. People need to see him as a great driver in the field. Not just him, (Daniel) Ricciardo too.”

Asked if Bottas could fight for a world championship, Massa replied: “He can, definitely. He’s still young.” (AFP)