Felipe Massa says Williams has “all the right ingredients” to return to the front of the grid in 2014.
Having been with Ferrari for eight years, Massa switched to Williams over the winter after being replaced by Kimi Raikkonen. Despite Williams scoring just five points in the whole of 2013, Massa told the official Formula One website that he is convinced the team has everything in place to mount a challenge for wins and titles.
“Williams have everything within the team to come back,” Massa said. “They have a sophisticated factory, they have the best wind tunnel, they have very good people - they have everything to be successful again, and that is the key factor number one. The second is to make it work. You have all the right ingredients - now bake the cake!
“The team is ready. It is not enough to bring in a new driver and expect that this will change the situation - it is an effort that all must be willing to make together. Williams have ramped up their crew with a number of excellent new people for all departments and that is very important if you want to head back to the road of success.”
And Massa emphasised that his move to Williams did not signal the end of his title aspirations. Asked if he had given up on being F1 world champion after leaving Ferrari, he replied: “Never. When I do that I will stop being in Formula One.
“When you give up your hunger for success you are not racing full heartedly any more. Just to be there, that is not my style. I want to win races again. And Williams wants the same and that is where our lines meet: Williams is missing victories, and I am missing victories, so that should be a good basis to start from.”