Massa and Bottas expected to be confirmed by Williams for 2013
11 November, 2013
Felipe Massa is expected to be confirmed as a Williams driver before Formula 1 engines fire up in Austin for the United States Grand Prix, with rookie Valtteri Bottas set to be retained by the multiple World Championship team.
Reports indicate that an agreement is in place which will see Massa drive for the Grove based team for at least two years, and although he is not paying for the drive his presence in the team is said to have attracted Brazilian sponsors including oil company Petrobras.
Since it was announced by Ferrari that they were not renewing his contract, Massa’s future has been subject to much speculation and it is well known that he will not pay for a seat in F1.
“In Formula 1 I always operated as a professional driver, paid [by teams] to race and I never brought money to pay for my drive and that is something that will not change now,” he said.
“Bringing a sponsor has never been part of my career. It doesn’t mean I can’t help the team to find a sponsor, but not as a condition for my getting the drive. The pay-driver scenario is a big worry for Formula 1,” added Massa.
Bottas appears confident that he will be retained by Williams for at least another season. On Monday he wrote on Twitter: “Some good news to follow today, stay tuned!”
Meanwhile Pastor Maldonado is thought to have reached an agreement with Williams to depart at the end of the season, despite having brought a healthy amount of funding to the team through his backers PDVSA.
The Venezuelan is targeting a seat with cash-strapped Lotus for 2014 and beyond. (GP247)
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