Williams plans to retain Massa, Bottas – Smedley
31 August 2014 – Williams Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley says the team plans to retain current drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas into the 2015 Formula 1 season.
Massa joined from Ferrari at the start of 2014, while Bottas has been with the team for several seasons and stepped up to a race seat in 2013. The pair have combined to give Williams a pole position and four podiums this year and Smedley says the team has no reason to change their line-up for 2015.
"I would absolutely love to see that pairing continue through next year and that's the plan, obviously," Smedley told Crash.net.
"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."
Smedley says that both drivers are learning from the other as the season progresses.
"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," he said.
"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."