Williams: Massa still hungry for success
6 March 2014 – Williams Team Principal Sir Frank Williams says new signing Felipe Massa still has a hunger to succeed in Formula 1, ahead of next weekend's Australian Grand Prix.
Massa spent eight years racing for Ferrari but departed the team at the end of the 2013 season and opted to join Williams.
"Felipe has been one of the sport's leading talents over the past decade and he brings with him a cool head and a wealth of experience, both in terms of developing a car and getting the most out of it during a Grand Prix weekend," said Williams.
"He still has a lot of hunger and his passion for racing immediately struck me when we were in talks last year. I love working with pure racers and Felipe is firmly in that category. He also has an easy charm and has settled in very quickly amongst the team."
Williams believes that Massa's team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, has a 'natural gift' for car control and will achieve better results this season than in his rookie campaign. Bottas scored four points in 2013 courtesy of an eighth place finish at the United States Grand Prix.
"Valtteri has been part of the Williams family for four years now and from the very beginning we knew that we had a special talent on our hands," he said.
"He is a typical Finn, cool under pressure with a natural gift for car control. Unfortunately we were not able to give him the sort of car last season that could showcase his true potential, but there were still occasions such as qualifying at the Canadian [when he started in third place] and United States Grands Prix where he performed remarkably and impressed a lot of people.
"With a full season under his belt, and what we are confident will be a more competitive package, I’m sure we will see Valtteri produce some strong results. I think our driver line-up complements each other very well and I’m looking forward to seeing them push each other this season."