Williams retains Massa and Bottas for 2016

Stability will be essential for the Grove team in 2016. Williams announced this morning that it is retaining its driver duo Felipe Massa – Valtteri Bottas for the next season.

Published on 03/09/2015 à 11:28

Pierre Tassel

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Williams retains Massa and Bottas for 2016

While many saw Valtteri Bottas leave from the side of Maranello during summer, the announcement of the extension of Kimi Räikkönen within the Scuderia had almost confirmed the future of the Finn at Williams.

A formalization which finally took place this Thursday, on the sidelines of the Italian Grand Prix contested this weekend in Monza. This is particularly through of a short video that the Frank Williams team confirmed that it was retaining its two drivers, Felipe Massa also being selected for 2016.

“I am delighted to stay with the team for a fourth season, Bottas explains. We are getting stronger, and I look forward to what next year brings, because I believe we can achieve better results than what we have seen so far. I'm looking forward to 2016, but I'm still focused on this season, with several goals to achieve. »

“They respect me enormously, and the results are there, comments Felipe Massa who will begin his third season in 2016 with Williams. It’s great to be part of the team’s revival since the end of 2013.”

Frank Williams hopes that his team will continue its rebirth, and its return to the top of the grid under the leadership of its driver duo. “Felipe and Valtteri have quickly developed an exceptional working relationship since the start of 2014 and, while they remain rivals, they have always recognized the value of working together in returning the team to the forefront.

Their work together gave Williams' technical team the best possible guidance to achieve the performances needed to push the team forward, and both drivers played a pivotal role in Williams' revival. »

In two seasons spent together, Massa and Bottas allowed the British entity to return to third position in the Manufacturers' World Championship, a place that Grove had not known since the BMW era in the early 2000s.

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