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F1: Smedley ‘would love’ to retain Massa/Bottas

Rob Smedley says he “would absolutely love” to see Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa retained as Williams' driver line-up in 2015
Rob Smedley says he “would absolutely love” to see Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa retained as Williams' driver line-up in 2015.

Massa only joined Williams at the start of the season and is under contract for next season, while Bottas is understood to be close to agreeing a new deal. Speaking exclusively to Crash.net, Smedley said the pairing has been working extremely well and that the strategy at Williams is to continue with it throughout next season.

“I would absolutely love to see that pairing continue through next year and that's the plan, obviously,” Smedley said. “I think that it's just a great blend of youth, enthusiasm – on both sides – and experience.

“There's very little conflict and they're both absolutely down with the fact that there's a common purpose, and that common purpose is to drag this team on the journey that it's on at the minute. It's not about what's happening today and tomorrow, but it's about what's happening in the next six months, one-year, two-year, three-year period.

“That's the important bit and they both absolutely want to be involved with that along with us. I think there's a great blend of youth, of experience, common purpose, speed, racecraft… You've got one driver who has got a great deal of experience and you've got one driver who is learning on the job, if you like.

“It's good to see and Valtteri learns a lot from Felipe while Felipe learns from Valtteri as well because Valtteri is a very, very talented racing driver. So even though he lacks a great deal of experience compared to Felipe there's still enough talent there that Felipe can learn from him. I think that's great; you've got two drivers that are pushing each other but also pushing the team.”


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