The Williams F1 Team has confirmed the addition of former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa for the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship season.
Massa will join Valtteri Bottas as the two Williams drivers in 2014. Massa replaces Pastor Maldonado, who won the Spanish Grand Prix in 2012 while driving for Williams.
“We are delighted to be able to confirm our 2014 driver line-up and welcome Felipe into the Williams family,” said Sir Frank Williams, Williams F1 Founder and Team Principal. “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. Valtteri is a valued member of the team and I’m pleased he was able to demonstrate his talent in tricky conditions in Montréal. There is much more to come from him.”
Having competed in 12 FIA Formula One World Championship seasons, Massa has to his credit 11 race wins and 36 podiums during his career. He has frequently challenged for the Drivers’ Championship, missing out by the narrowest of margins in 2008 and has also contributed to Ferrari’s Constructors’ Championships in both 2007 and 2008.
“Williams is one of the most successful and important teams of all time in Formula One. 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. “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,