Williams and Martini pay tribute to Massa with livery tweak

The Williams team and title sponsors Martini are pulling out all the stops to ensure that Felipe Massa’s final Brazilian Grand Prix is a memorable one.

The livery of Massa’s Williams FW38 will be tweaked for the event, with the Martini word in the logo replaced by ‘Massa’ and the rear wing will sport ‘Obrigado’ which means thank you in Portuguese.

Massa, who has driven for Williams since 2014, was moved by the gesture and said, “I’ve always said that I drive the best looking car on the grid, but this takes it to a whole other level,” said Massa. “I’ve never known a sponsor to do this for a driver before. It’s an honour and I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit emotional about it.”

Massa will race his final grand prix in Abu Dhabi later this month, which fittingly will be his 250th grand prix start.

Shane Hoyne of Martini said, “Felipe isn’t just a driver, he’s a friend. We thought it only right that we mark the occasion and give his name pride of place on the car. ‘Obrigado’ on the rear wing is not just our way of saying thank you to him, but for Felipe to say thank you to all his fans in Sao Paolo.”