Same driver line-up for Williams in 2016
Williams Martini Racing has confirmed same driver line-up for the next Formula 1 season.
Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa will be retained for third season with Williams, so founder and team principal, Sir Frank Williams, is very happy with deal done.
“Stability is key for every team, so to be able to enter a third season with one of the strongest line-ups on the grid puts Williams in a fantastic position to continue its momentum towards the front of the grid n 2016. Felipe’s blend of experience and raw speed is a rare attribute in Formula 1. Valtteri has become such a staple of Williams that we are as excited about the prospect of his potential as a championship contender. Felipe and Valtteri quickly developed an exceptional working relationship from the beginning of 2014 and, while they remain fiercely competitive as rivals, they have always recognised the value of their collaboration in driving the team up the grid,” said Frank Williams.
Speaking about new contract, Felipe Massa said: “I am very happy to be a part of Williams family. We are working very well as a team. They respect me a lot, and the results are there. It is so nice to be a part of great turnaround the team has seen since 2013. I can’t wait to carry on and continue pushing even more for the team, and for myself”.
Valtteri Bottas is also delighted: “I am really pleased to be staying with the team for a fourth Formula 1 season. We have been getting stronger as a team and I look forward to what next year will bring, as I beleve we can achieve even stronger results than what we have seen so far. I can’t wait for 2016 season, however I am still focused on this season as we still have plenty of challenges to achieve”.
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