Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will drive for the Williams F1 Team in 2014, it has been announced.
Massa, who has been dropped by Ferrari and replaced by Kimi Raikkonen, has been linked to the Grove-based outfit for a number of weeks, with the Brazilian admitting he was in discussions with them prior to the Indian Grand Prix [see separate story - HERE
It has now been made official, however, with Pastor Maldonado making way for the eleven-time F1 winner. It is not yet known where Maldonado will go in 2014, although Lotus, Sauber and Force India have all been mooted.
Williams also took the opportunity to thank Maldonado for his 'efforts and contribution' over the past three seasons, in particular delivering the team's Spanish Grand Prix victory last year, adding that they 'wish him well for the future'.
“We are delighted to be able to confirm our 2014 driver line-up and welcome Felipe into the Williams family,” said Sir Frank Williams, 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 [too] and I'm pleased he was able to demonstrate his talent in tricky conditions in Montréal. There is much more to come from him.”
Deputy team principal, Claire Williams meanwhile added that this is just one of a 'number of announcements' due over the next few weeks.
“It is very exciting for us to be able to confirm our 2014 driver line-up as part of a number of announcements we will be making over the coming weeks,” she confirmed.
“Felipe has demonstrated his talent and speed over the years, as well as his ability to help motivate and drive a team to championship success, and we are extremely pleased that he will be joining us as we embark on our 2014 campaign.