Felipe Massa Tips Valtteri Bottas as Potential Champion

Felipe Massa feels teammate Valtteri Bottas has all the skills and the temperament to win the F1 title.

Updated: September 04, 2014 16:02 IST
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Valtteri Bottas of Finland celebrates his third place finish at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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Monza: Felipe Massa has tipped his ever-improving Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas as a potential world champion.

The Brazilian, 33, believes that his 25-year-old Finnish team-mate has all the necessary credentials to claim the title.

Massa's career has been spent alongside a string of world champions including Canadian Jacques Villeneuve, seven-time champion German Michael Schumacher, Finn Kimi Raikkonen and two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso.

"He's a great driver," said Massa. "He's shown since the beginning of the season that he's a great driver, that he's quick, competitive, that he's clever, intelligent, working very hard.

"It's clear he's doing everything correct. People need to see him as a great driver in the field. Not just him, (Daniel) Ricciardo too."

Asked if Bottas could fight for a world championship, Massa replied: "He can, definitely. He's still young."

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