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Williams confirm Massa and Bottas for 2015
Sep 7, 2014, 9:59 AM

Williams have this morning confirmed that Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will drive for the team next year.

Williams have this morning confirmed that Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will drive for the team next year.

Speaking about the success of the driver pairing, Team Principal Sir Frank Williams said: "I’m delighted to confirm that Felipe and Valtteri will be racing for Williams once again in 2015. Felipe is a pleasure to work with and combines raw pace with a wealth of experience.

"We've known for many years that Valtteri is a very special talent and in the FW36 we have given him a car that is allowing him to demonstrate his skills. The team is having a much improved 2014 season and the skill of our drivers and their feedback to our engineers has proved crucial in this.”

Massa joined Williams for the start of this season and has so far delivered 40 championships points to the team, with a best finish of fourth in Austria. Bottas, meanwhile, has been with the team since 2010, first in a testing role and then, since the beginning of last season, as a race driver. So far this season he has scored 110 points and has appeared on the podium four times in the last five races.

“I’ve been a member of the Williams team for five years now and we have developed together throughout that time which is a great feeling," said Bottas. "The team has also made some very impressive gains this season and I’m confident that I’m at a team that is moving in the right direction and can continue to be competitive. Sir Frank and Claire have put a lot of faith in me and I’m very grateful that they continue to do so. Felipe and I have a good working relationship and this early announcement will help us both input into the ongoing development of the FW36 and the FW37.”

Massa added: “I’m really enjoying my time at Williams and I feel settled here. This season we have started to show our true potential and I’m driving a car that is looking strong and has improved a lot as the season has progressed, which is very encouraging for the future."

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