Williams excited by Massa/Stroll pairing

Williams excited by Massa/Stroll pairing

15 February 2017 – Williams Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams has expressed confidence that the two extremes of Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll will "work really well together" during the 2017 season.

Massa, one of the most experienced drivers on the Formula 1 grid at 35, is almost twice the age of 18-year-old Stroll, who dominated en route to last year's European Formula 3 crown.

"I think it's a really strong pairing, an exciting pairing, with the experience that Felipe brings, and the rookie talent that Lance brings," said Williams in a video posted by the team on Twitter.

She added: "I think that they'll work really well together [as team-mates]."

Williams fielded Massa and Valtteri Bottas over the past three years, with the Finn initially retained to race alongside Stroll, before Mercedes signed him as Nico Rosberg's replacement.

Williams made clear that bringing Massa out of retirement was carefully considered.

"Our [new] pairing is somewhat similar; we had in Valtteri an experienced driver, with four seasons under his belt, and now we have Felipe, with his 15 years of experience," she added.

"One of the most important considerations is how well the drivers will work.

"Our predominant focus is on the Constructors' Championship so for us, having two drivers that know and understand the importance that we place on the Constructors' is critical.

"Lance and Felipe worked together last year, because Lance was part of the development programme that we had, [so] they've spent time together and we know they get on already.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what they can both bring to each other."

Stroll recently stated that he is keen to learn from "mentor" Massa.

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