Massa to replace Bottas for 2017
Williams Martini Racing would finally confirm that Felipe Massa has agreed to re-join Williams on a one-year deal, coming out of retirement to replace Valtteri Bottas who the team has released to join Mercedes for the 2017 season.
Williams team silly season
With Technical Chief Pat Symonds confirmed as leaving the Williams team and with continued reports that Paddy Lowe will be leaving Mercedes to join Williams, as well as the uncertainty as to whether or not Valtteri Bottas will leave the team to be replaced by Felipe Massa, it is certainly turning out to be Williams' own silly season. This is not the best of situations as the team prepares for the 2017 F1 season, a season that will see some of the biggest changes in Formula One in recent times.
Williams 2017 driver line-up uncertain
Recent reports have the Williams team considering to allow Valtteri Bottas to leave the team to join Mercedes in 2017. But any such move would only be considered if an experienced driver could be found to replace him. This has seen Felipe Massa come into the picture. Is any decision regarding Valtteri becoming more of a financial decision with the Williams team gettting a reduction in the cost of their Mercedes engines. If the Williams team allows Valtteri to move to Mercedes is it going to be a decision that they live to regret?
Abu Dhabi GP: Massa ends his career with points finish
The final race of the 2016 Formula One season, the 2016 Abu Dhabi GP, would see Williams Martini driver Felipe Massa end his time in Formula One with a points scoring finish with a 9th place. For team-mate Valtteri Bottas his race would end in disappointment with a retirement with a suspension issue. The Williams Martini team would finish 5th in the Constructors Championship.
Abu Dhabi GP: Massa 10th in his final qualifying
The results of qualifying for the 2016 Abu Dhabi GP would see the Williams Martini team secure 10th and 11th. For Felipe Massa this would be his last qualifying session in Formula One so it was a great way to finish his carer ahead of his team-mate. Valtteri Bottas would finish in 11th and would have the choice of tyres for the strat of the race.
Abu Dhabi GP: Bottas 9th for Williams Martini in FP3
After an encouraging start to the final practice session for the 2016 Abu Dhabi the results of the session was somewhat disappointing. Valtteri Bottas was able to keep in the top ten finishing in 9th but for team-mate Felipe Massa his session would see him down in 14th. His session was marked by a difficult qualifying simulation near the close of the session where he would spin as well as run wide seeing him drop down the times. Of more concern was the fact that both Force India cars were ahead of the Williams pair.
Abu Dhabi GP: Williams Martini drivers in top ten in FP2
The second Friday practice session for the 2016 Abu Dhabi GP would see both Williams Martini drivers finish in the top ten. Valtteri Bottas would be 7th and team-mate Feliep Massa 10th. It would be an uneventful session for both drivers as they worked through their option tyres runs on the ultrasoft tyre followed by longer runs. The team would split their drivers with Valtteri completing a longer run on the supersoft tyre while Felipe was on the soft.
Abu Dhabi GP: Massa 9th for Williams Martini in FP1
The opening Friday practice session for the 2016 Abu GP would see Williams Martini drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finish in 9th and 15th. It was an uneventful session for the Williams team with both drivers focusing on the soft tyre. Felipe would have a small spin early in the session but this had no real impact on his session. Valtteri would complain about the performance of his car under braking seeing him well down the times.
Abu Dhabi GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview
In what is the final race of the 2016 Formula One season the Williams Martini team moves to the Yas Marina circuit for the 2016 Abu Dhabi GP. For the Williams team it is their final opportunity to move ahead of their rivals in the Constructors Championship, even if this is going to be a very difficult task. The team is hoping to see a repeat of their 2014 race that saw a double podium finish. The other significant moment in this race will be the fact that it will mark the end of Felipe Massa's Formula one career.
Brazilian GP: Another pointless race for Williams Martini
The 2016 Brazilian GP would see the Williams Martini again fail to secure any points after Valtteri Bottas could only manage 11th and team-mate Felipe Massa would retire after a crash. The race was run under very difficult conditions with rain falling during the race. The Williams team took a gamble and would change from full wets to intermediates but with multiple Safety Cars and red flag periods they did not benefit from their strategy gamble. For Felipe Massa his race would be his last Brazilian GP so to crash in front of his home crowd made it a difficult time for Felipe.