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Massa to partner Bottas at Williams for 2014 11 Nov 2013

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Practice, Friday, 25 October 2013 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW35.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday, 27 October 2013 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Practice, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Friday, 4 October 2013 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race Day, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday, 3 November 2013 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams, Frank Williams (GBR) Williams Team Owner, Claire Williams (GBR) Williams Deputy Team Principal and the Williams Team celebrate 600 race starts for Williams.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Qualifying, Nurburgring, Germany, Saturday, 6 July 2013 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW35.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Qualifying, Nurburgring, Germany, Saturday, 6 July 2013 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams in the Press Conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Preparations, Suzuka, Japan, Thursday, 10 October 2013

Williams have announced that Felipe Massa will drive for the team alongside Valtteri Bottas in 2014. Massa, who lost his Ferrari seat to Kimi Raikkonen for next season, will replace Pastor Maldonado.

“Williams is one of the most successful and important teams of all time in Formula One,” said Massa. “When I was a kid, I always dreamed about racing for Williams, Ferrari or McLaren and I’m glad to be signing with another icon of the sport following my time at Ferrari.”

Massa made his F1 debut with Sauber in 2002 and first started a race for Ferrari in 2006. Since then the Brazilian has accumulated 11 Grand Prix wins and 36 podiums, and narrowly missed out on the drivers’ title in 2008.

“With such a major change of regulations in 2014, I hope my experience will be useful in helping the team in its effort to move on from a difficult period,” added Massa of Williams, who have scored just one point this season.

“Since my early days in motor racing, I don’t remember seeing so many new rules in a single season and I’m fully prepared to work with everyone at Grove to make sure we find the right direction. I’m highly motivated to start working hard from the very beginning in what is an exciting new challenge in my career.”

Williams founder and team principal, Sir Frank Williams, commented: “We are delighted to be able to confirm our 2014 driver line-up and welcome Felipe into the Williams family. He is an exceptional talent and a real fighter on the race track; he also brings a wealth of experience as we begin a new chapter in our story.”

Bottas, meanwhile, will start his second season of competition with Williams next year, having joined as the team’s test driver in 2010 before being promoted to a race seat in 2013. Mature performances - not least qualifying third on the grid in difficult conditions in Canada - this year have contributed to the Finn being retained for 2014.

“I’m very happy to be staying with the team as I embark on my second season in Formula One,” said Bottas. “I have known everyone here for many years, firstly as a test driver and now as a race driver, so it feels like home. I have faith in Williams and I know we can do so much better in the future than our current performance shows.

“I am looking forward to having Felipe as my team mate. He is a quick and experienced driver and together we will be pushing to the maximum to improve the car and get as many points as we can next season. We will be working throughout the winter to ensure we are ready for the challenge of 2014. I would also like to thank everyone at Williams, especially Frank, (deputy team principal) Claire (Williams) and the senior management for their on-going trust in me.”

“Valtteri is a valued member of the team and I’m pleased he was able to demonstrate his talent in tricky conditions in Montreal - there is much more to come from him,” added Frank Williams, whose team also used their 2014 driver announcement to thank Maldonado for his contribution over the past three seasons, in particular his Spanish Grand Prix victory last year.

The Venezuelan driver is yet to make an official announcement on his 2014 plans.

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