Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Buddh International Circuit, 2013

Massa in, Maldonado out and Bottas stays at Williams in 2014

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Buddh International Circuit, 2013Felipe Massa will race for Williams next year, the team has announced.

Massa, who is set to leave Ferrari at the end of the season, will partner Valtteri Bottas in 2014.

“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.”

“It is also nice to remember that some of the best Brazilian drivers raced for Williams and cemented a strong national link with the team. 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.

“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.”

Frank Williams said Massa 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 is also being retained by Williams for a second season. “Valtteri is a valued member of the team and I’m pleased he was able to demonstrate his talent in tricky conditions in Montreal,” said Williams. “There is much more to come from him.”

Bottas has endured a difficult debut season with the team as the FW35 has been well off the pace. “I have faith in Williams and I know we can do so much better in the future than our current performance shows,” he said.

“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, Claire and the senior management for their ongoing trust in me.”

Deputy team principal Claire Williams said Massa’s hiring was “part of a number of announcements we will be making over the coming weeks”.

“The stability of having both our drivers on multi-year contracts, Mercedes-Benz as our engine partner and a strong commercial base all contribute to the future success of the Williams F1 team,” she added.

The team thanked outgoing driver Pastor Maldonado, who is set to leave the team, “for his efforts and contribution over the past three seasons, in particular delivering the team’s Spanish Grand Prix victory last year”.

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  1. Nice, I really support this move. Its a great smart move for Williams. Massa’s talent maybe hadn’t faded, but with a teammate such as Alonso with Ferrari backing Alonso only; it was time for a change. I hope Massa can stretch his legs at Williams as a firm No. 1 driver and push the team forward.

  2. This is a great news for Massa and Williams. I hope this partnership lasts at least for another few years and that Massa & Bottas bring this team forward.

    So So glad that Massa got a drive for next year

    1. it’s so nice to see how much positivity there actually is towards Felipe. he was criticized pretty relentlessly on these F1Fanatic pages, but it would seem many folks actually have a soft spot in their hearts for him.

  3. This is news I have been waiting to hear. It is an excellent opportunity for a deserving driver and team. Nice going Massa! The next bit of news I’d like to hear is that Ross will be coming over from Mercedes. With Williams powered by Mercedes for 2014, it will strengthen the relationship provided he leaves without hard feelings.

    Now, on to COTA for the end of the V8 era.

  4. I first read that Bottas out and – as a Finnish F1Fanatic – I almost got an heart attack.

    This is good news for Valtteri. No one really knows how good Maldonado is, but now he has a team mate, who has raced alongside Alonso. Valtteri can prove himself next season as we now how good – or bad – Massa is (this season has matched Alonso in qualifying, on average 3 positions behind on race day) and thus we can kind of compare Bottas to a world champion. And if Massa beats him? Well, at least he got his shot.

  5. So, that means another year of Massa-Smedley? :D

    1. good question. that’s really an interesting aspect that i wish was being clarified. does smedley have a contract w/ Ferrari independent their association w/ Massa? You’d think so… And would Massa even want him to come along – or would he even want to go? Maybe Massa needs a change of race engineer, too, to one w/ no history of having to (regrettably, even) tell Felipe to let Fernando through…

    2. @paeschli It looks like they will be in the same team. The question is if Rob will still be a race engineer. I suspect he’s due a bigger role.

  6. I seriously hope that maldonado goes to lotus and Hulkenberg comes back to Force india for next season,being a Force india fan I can be that much selfish.

  7. Michael Brown (@)
    11th November 2013, 17:05

    Happy for Massa. This is going to be the best lineup for Williams in recent years.

  8. I have stong hope for Williams next year, I really hope they come up with a good car with Massa helping to develop it, fingers crossed that they get Ross Brawn on board too. Starting to get excited for 2014 already

  9. Maldonaldo to Lotus appears to be a done deal then…..
    It’s the only move that’ll actually makes sense.

    1. With Maldonado’s money being tied up in scandal at home, I doubt Lotus would take him without certain guarantees.

  10. With Maldonado’s ego and uncertain financial future, I doubt that we will see him in F1 next year. He seemed incapable of admitting his mistakes publically, and this probably didn’t sit well with Sir Frank, who is a true sportsman. Bottas will now have his work cut out for him, teaming up with a near world champion, but Massa has shown that he can be a team player par excellance. Next year is really shaping up to be interesting!

  11. I am sooo happy my favourite driver has found a seat. With Smedley and Brawn joining, I think Williams could be good next season. I would also like to thank Frank for not keeping a talentless driver with tons of money. Forza Felipe.

  12. As much as I’m happy for Massa Getting the Williams drive, I’m having a sinking feeling that Hulkenberg will again be in a mid field team battling for lower end points instead of podiums . I wish Hulk had a great luck and he bagged a seat in top end team which he deserve .

    I also heard few days back that Smedley is also going to Williams, so we might not miss Smedley- Massa radio conversations. :)

    1. It’d be the icing on the cake if the Smedley-Massa bromance could continue! However I’ve read rumours that Smedley would be getting some kind of promotion if he joined Williams, so we’d probably miss the radio conversations.

      As for Hulkenberg, I’d be relieved just to see him on the grid next year. It’s a sad state of affairs when one of the biggest young talents in the sport is in jeopardy of being pushed out, or at the very least having his progress to a quicker car or a bigger team being impeded by a lack of money and sponsorship.

      1. I think Eddie Jordan said it right when he said Hulk to FI, Massa to Williams and Maldonado to Lotus. Lets wait and watch where does Hulk go.

        As for Massa and Smedley bromance, yes it will be missed but then we have got Seb and Rockky.. :)

  13. Everything hinges on the Quantum deal. If the money arrives at Lotus, they’ll sign the Hulk and Maldonado will take his money to F.I. If not, Maldonado will go to Lotus and that leaves the Hulk in a tricky situation – Sauber aren’t paying him, and I doubt F.I. are awash with cash either. Stick or twist?

    The kicker is what’s happening at McLaren – it sounds like Perez is out on his ear, and there’s plenty of others in the midfield who would court his money. Sauber are cash-strapped but don’t see him stepping back there. A Sirotkin-Gutierrez partnership will have dire consequences for their performance, but I’m not sure where else they’ll get money from – Sutil to partner the young Russian, perhaps?

    Have a funny feeling that both Sutil AND di Resta will be left without seats when the music stops, with the Hulk and Perez in next year’s Force Indias.

    1. both FI drivers out, that’s what I thought

    2. With Hulk and Perez in next year’s Force Indias

      Now that’s an interesting battle!! And the winner takes the Ferrari seat for 2015 hehe.

      1. Never thought of FI ditching both drivers… Plausible, tbh.

    3. Definitely could happen, and the Sauber seats would come down to who’s willing to pay the most cash, the Russians, the Mexicans, or Sutil for one seat as runner-up.

  14. This is good news for both Massa and Williams (who continue their strong link with Brazilian drivers). I’m really glad he’s staying in F1 because he deserves to, and the Massa-Smedley partnership can continue! Williams will get a nice amount of cash from Petrobras returning and others so it’s a good deal.
    It’s also a big year for Bottas. I feel he needs to step it up a bit because his race pace so far has been disappointing for someone with so much expectation from the team.
    I don’t think Maldonado should have trouble getting a seat with his sponsorship and speed (often overshadowed by his clumsiness).

  15. Good decision by Williams to retain Bottas and hire Massa which provides a better chance for Massa to prove himself unlike in Ferrari. Congratulations and best wishes to all involved for the next season. Btw, reading between the lines of Claire’s statement, I infer Brawn is on his way to Williams.

    1. Or……Daimler Benz acquire majority share in Williams, they like acquiring technology companies and might like the RBR/STR model.

      1. That would be interesting. It does sound like something is afoot. Anyways, I’m especially glad Bottas is continuing at Williams. Good move on the part of Williams to sign an experienced driver like Massa for 2014 with the many reg changes. Sure wouldn’t mind seeing Brawn at Williams too.

      2. Where will it leave FI? I thought that FI was the Mercedes B-Team. Or, will they become McLaren B-Team in 2015 with Honda engines??

      3. That could certainly work. Lets see if Bird is their third driver next year, or someone like Juncadella. I always wondered if Williams would return to Honda engines after 2015 if Honda want more than one team…

  16. massive news. bottas will learn a lot from Felipe, wish them all the best. Next obvious question is where will pastor and his pdvsa millions end up.

  17. i believe that’s a correct move from both Williams and Massa. maybe he is not competitive enough to fight for wins or titles any more (but who knows what happens at Ferrari, and why they kept him for such a long time despite his seemingly low performace level. conspiracy ftw?), but more than capable of leading a midfield team out of their crisis. it’s an awesome opportunity for Bottas to learn everything he can from an experienced and relatively successful driver (i hope he didn’t learned too much from Maldonado…), and it is fine to see that Williams can afford itself not to have paydrivers (or does Massa bring in some Brazilian background?) meanwhile signing with Mercedes too. a very promising line up, can’t wait to see them next year

  18. This was speculated for long, yet it comes as a surprise for me, and not a welcome one at first. Mainly because I’ve never really liked Williams, although their lack of success recently has helped them a bit in my rankings, but most probably because this ratifies the end of the Ferrari-Massa partnership. One that was announced, but one part of me hoped he left the sport, or returned to Sauber, to remain linked with them, whilst the other part hoped he could get the best possible seat.
    Massa has only raced Ferrari-engined vehicles in F1, although his Saubers were branded as Petronas.

  19. How can people even be happy with this, if he cant finsh ahead of slower cars etc in a Ferrari what makes you think he will bequick in an evem slower car he will be beaten by Bottas no doubt(who i dont rate by the way), why does he deserve Williams, he has raw speed no doubt. Yet goes backwards in races he always holds people up aswell look at Suzuka his 1 goal was to hold Alo up, Alo got past and Massa just went back and back and back and back and back…

    1. he will be beaten by Bottas no doubt(who i dont rate by the way)

      Your about the only one who doesn’t, Everyone at Williams have been raving about how good Bottas is since his st test with them & a number of other teams have also been hugely impressed with him.

      1. If Bottas is what they said then how come he as not detroyed Mal, we were told this kid was mega. If your WCmaterial you should be beating Mal convincingly

    2. Bottas is basically Kimi mk.II. He even shortens the corners in the same way as Kimi is a master of weight transfer. Both two very efficient drivers.

  20. Now I think of it, it’s very fitting for it to be announced today, after Felipe’s goodbye ceremony with Ferrari. It’s like yesterday was the end of an era and today is the start of a new one, without any speculation on his future.
    And although he says:

    When I was a kid, I always dreamed about racing for Williams, Ferrari or McLaren

    I think he honestly meant what he said yesterday, which was so similar:

    When I began racing in go-karts as a kid, I had a red Ferrari suit and it’s always been the team I supported.

    I just think he’s being nice to Williams and he surely is grateful to them, but Ferrari will always have the biggest part in his heart. He surely dreamed to be in F1, possibly in the top teams, but he really only supported Williams. And he’s saying Williams aren’t that bad a choice once Ferrari is out of consideration. He’s not lying and saying they are his favourite team, but I think that’s remarkably sincere.

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