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Massa pegs Bottas as key to F1 'silly season'

Felipe Massa is not surprised that Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas is being linked to a possible move to Ferrari next year - unless he decides to stay put of course....
Felipe Massa is in no doubt that current Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas can be a major player in this year's driver merry-go-round.

The Finn has been linked to a possible Ferrari drive for 2016, with fellow countryman Kimi Raikkonen seemingly under fire at every grand prix weekend. The veteran has shown flashes of the potential Ferrari rehired him for, but his results have not been consistent over the past year-and-a-half and, despite team boss Maurizio Arrivebene offering a degree of sympathy in the wake of the British Grand Prix, there is no doubt that Raikkonen is on a slippery slope.

Bottas' performances over the past couple of years with Williams have elevated him – along with the likes of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Force India's Nico Hulkenberg – into the reckoning as a possible Raikkonen replacement and, while the Finn is loathe to discuss his options, team-mate Massa openly admits that there is the chance he could be Maranello-bound next season.

“He is maybe one of the most important names on the market,” the Brazilian offered, “We cannot forget that he has an option to stay here, so we need to understand what is going to happen, but he showed that he is a good driver, has the talent for a top team and can do well at whatever team he is racing. That's why the other teams are interested in getting him - but I don't know if he is going or not...”

With Ricciardo more likely to remain at Red Bull and Hulkenberg being touted as a possible Bottas sub at Williams, the Finn is many people's favourite to replace Raikkonen, with Massa, a little tongue-in-cheek, ruling himself out of the equation after recent results had him as the best of the Williams pair...

“I think I was there, so I don't know if I want to go back,” he smiled, misinterpreting the question of how Ferrari might view him beating Bottas in the past two races, “I'm happy where I am and I think, sometimes, it's not just money that is making the difference. You need to understand what you are doing, how happy you are and where you are, so I'm happy where I am and don't see a reason to change.”

Related Pictures

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12.04.2015 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37 leads Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW37
Felipe Massa, Williams FW37 Mercedes and Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW37 Mercedesb
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H, detail
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 and Pierre Gasly (FRA) Red Bull Racing RB12, Test Driver
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38 with Halo cockpit cover
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Red Bull Racing RB12, detail
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Girls in the paddock
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Atmosphere
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 1, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34

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July 12, 2015 3:21 PM

Massa had incredible bad luck last year..How many times did his car break or have an issue and Bottas' didn't..Same thing this year..Bottas is good but he is not faster than Massa.. he is luckier..


July 12, 2015 4:31 PM

Massa has always been one of my favorites because he uses his driving rather than his egotistical mouth. I think Ferrari was nuts to let him get to Williams, particularly with his achievements that seem to indicate that the driver is as important to that team as the designers are. His respect for his teammate, fairly rare in F1, shows a strength of character that marks a true champion!

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