The brazilian driver Felipe Massa shall continue to be competing one more season in Formula 1. Despite announcing his retirement last September, the circumstances of the subsequent withdrawal of Nico Rosberg, and the subsequent signing of the Valtteri Bottas by Mercedes, make that Williams has one more year with the services of the brazilian driver, who has accepted the challenge.
Massa initiate as well his fourth season with the team, having signed a contract of a single year with Williams, and will be the leader of the structure of Grove next to the newbie Lance Stroll, which will debut in Formula 1 in 18 years. In the official statement, confirming that Bottas landed on Mercedes even before the team he should make it official, the brazilian has shown grateful for the opportunity to compete one more year in Formula 1.
“Williams is a team close to my heart, and respect for all that you try to get. Valtteri has a great opportunity, given the turn of events of this winter, and I wish him all the best in Mercedes. When I was offered the opportunity to help Williams in this season, I felt that it was right. I have Not lost any of my enthusiasm for racing, and I am very motivated by back to drive the FW40. The support of my fans these past few weeks has been a great boost. I’m also looking forward to working with Lance, I know him from years ago, and I have seen him develop his talent”
The announcement of its continuity has been the second that has occurred on a Monday, absolutely frantic, after that Pascal Wehrlein be confirmed as a pilot of Sauber minutes before. With this confirmation, only it would be announced to the pilots of Manor Racing, always and when the british team compete, because the other 20 seats are already occupied.
Claire Williams, head of the team founded by his father, has thanked the work of Bottas since his arrival at the team as test driver in 2010, and has spoken of the provision of Massa to return as a fundamental part to reach an agreement with Mercedes about the launch of the Finnish
“Given that Valtteri had a unique opportunity to join the current champions of builders, we have worked hard to ensure that reaching an agreement with Mercedes to give you this fantastic opportunity. It has been part of the Williams family since 2010, and in that time has shown a huge talent. I would like to take to thank you on behalf of all the team, and wish him a successful season. Felipe has always been a member very dear Williams family, and we’re looking forward to having the opportunity to work again with him. was Going to run at some other site in 2017, because he has not lost that competitive spirit, and it was important that we had a substitute strong to be able to let go of Valtteri. gives Us stability, experience and talent, it is a great value for us”.