It was announced today that Felipe Massa will replace Pastor Maldonado at Williams for 2014.
The Brazilian was recently dropped by Ferrari in favour of Kimi Raikkonen, and had been linked with several other seats including at Lotus and Force India. Now, the Brazilian has been confirmed as part of the Williams driver pairing, alongside Valtteri Bottas.
“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 said today. “It is also nice to remember some of the best Brazilian drivers raced for Williams and cemented a strong national link with the team.”
Williams’ founder and team principal, Sir Frank Williams added, “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.”
Although Maldonado had previously propped Williams up with his $17 million per year PDVSA sponsorship, he has now moved out of the team. With Lotus recently receiving a cash injection from Quantum, the Enstone based team wont need to rely on Maldonado’s cash, and can instead hire Nico Hulkenberg to partner Romain Grosjean. This could leave Maldonado looking to Force India or Sauber for a seat on next year’s grid.
Massa’s twelve-year career has resulted in eleven wins to-date and 36 podiums. He came within a point of the 2008 World Champiosnhip which was eventually won by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.
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