The Williams F1 Team will field the same driver pairing of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa for the 2015 season, announcing an unchanged driver line-up after negotiating a renewed deal with Bottas.
While Massa, who joined Williams at the beginning of the season after a lengthy spell at Ferrari, had a multi-year contract with the team, Bottas’ current contract was set to expire at the end of this season.
Williams had an option on the Finn’s services and duly took it up, with Bottas having claimed all four of the team’s podium finishes this year.
“I’m delighted to confirm that Felipe and Valtteri will be racing for Williams once again in 2015,” team founder and team principal Sir Frank Williams said in the team’s motorhome ahead of today’s Italian Grand Prix.
“Felipe is a pleasure to work with and combines raw pace with a wealth of experience, and we have known for many years that Valtteri is a very special talent and in the FW36 we have given him a car that is allowing him to demonstrate his skills.
“The team is having a much improved 2014 season and the skill of our drivers and their feedback has proved crucial in this. This announcement gives us excellent stability for 2015, but of course we are very much focusing our attention on maximising the full potential of the FW36 in the remaining seven races of this season.”
“I’ve been a member of the Williams team for five years now and we have developed together throughout that time which is a great feeling,” Bottas added.
“The team has also made some very impressive gains this season and I’m confident that I’m at a team that is moving in the right direction and can continue to be competitive.”
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