FELIPE MASSA SIGNS 3 YEAR DEAL WITH WILLIAMS F1
With Ferrari announcing earlier this year that Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will be team mates for the 2014 season, much doubt remained about where Felipe Massa would end up in 2014. Williams F1 has announced that the 11 year veteran has signed a three-year deal to continue racing at the highest level of open-wheel.
“When I was a kid, I always dreamed of racing for Williams, Ferrari or McLaren and I’m glad to be signing with another icon of the sport,” Massa said in a statement.
Over the last eight years that Massa has been racing for Ferrari he captured 11 grand prix victories before suffering life-threatening injuries that included a titanium plate being inserted into his skull. The injuries were a result of crash during the second round of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Since returning to racing after making a miraculous recovery, Massa has not seen the success that he was used to before the injury.
For the 2014 season, Massa will be teamed with sophomore driver Valtteri Bottas. Bottas 24, is a top prospect in Formula One that fans and experts both expected to do well in 2013. Bottas failed to score a single point in 2013 and finished 18th in the World Drivers Championship.
“It is a team to fight for the championships and good results and I really want to be part of it. I understand what they are doing to get stronger. I think we can be very successful and I believe it is the best choice compared to the other choices I had,” Massa said of the problems Williams F1 faced in 2013.