WILLIAMS RACING WELCOMES BACK FELIPE MASSA
Williams Racing has confirmed that Felipe Massa has agreed to re-join the team on a one year deal after coming out of retirement to replace Valterri Bottas.
Massa alongside Lance Stroll had made his formula one debut in the 2017 FIA formula one world championship. After joining Williams in 2014, Massa has been instrumental to the team’s improved performance supporting resurgence to third place in the constructor’s championship in his first and second years.
Addressing the announcement, Massa said;
“I am very happy to have an opportunity to return to Williams. I always intended to race somewhere in 2017, but Williams is a team close to my heart and I have respect for everything it is trying to achieve.
“Valtteri has a great opportunity, given the turn of events over the winter, and I wish him all the best at Mercedes.”
He said that he had always looked forward to walking with lance as he had known the driver for several years during which he watched his talent develop greatly, he stressed that he looked forward to seeing what they can achieve together.
The team principal Claire Williams said;
“I’m delighted that Felipe has agreed to come out of retirement to be a part of our 2017 campaign. With Valtteri having a unique opportunity to join the current Constructors’ Champions, We have been working hard to ensure that an agreement could be made with Mercedes to give Valtteri this fantastic opportunity.
She went ahead to say that Felipe had always been a much loved of the wiliams team and that they were all looking forward to having the opportunity to work with him again. She believes that he still had a strong competitive spirit and his presence will help provide stability and experience that will help move the team forward.
This came at a really good time seeing as it would have been difficult to find a good replacement for valterri.