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Official: Massa and Bottas Williams drivers for 2014

The Grove based team have confirmed the finish driver for another season while adding veteran Felipe Massa.
Monday, November 11, 2013

November 11th, 2013 (F1plus/R. Baillie).- Current Ferrari driver Felipe Massa will partner up with current Williams driver Valtteri Bottas for the 2014 season, leaving Pastor Maldonado without a drive.

On their website the team said the 'new line-up reflects Williams’ determination to bring success back to the team'.

Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal, was happy to welcome Massa into the team and expects to see more from Bottas.

“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." Williams said.

"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."

Massa, who announced he would leave Ferrari at the end of the year in September, said he dreamed of driving for Williams as a child.

"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." He said.

The Brazilian hopes his 12 years in the sport will benefit the team amongst major rule changes.

"With such a major change of regulations in 2014, I hope my experience will be useful in helping the team in its effort to move on from a difficult period."

Bottas, 24, was happy to be remaining at Williams for a second season and was looking forward to having Massa as a teammate.

"I’m very happy to be staying with the team as I embark on my second season in Formula One. I have known everyone here for many years, firstly as a test driver and now as a race driver, so it feels like home." The Finn said.

"I am looking forward to having Felipe as my teammate. He is a quick and experienced driver and together we will be pushing to the maximum to improve the car and get as many points as we can next season."

The team thanked Maldonado, who hasn't confirmed whether or not he has a drive for next year yet, for his work especially his win at last years Spanish Grand Prix.

"The Williams F1 Team would like to take this opportunity to thank Pastor Maldonado for his efforts and contribution over the past three seasons, in particular delivering the team’s Spanish Grand Prix victory last year. We wish him well for the future." 

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