Felipe Massa Tips Valtteri Bottas as Potential Champion

Updated: 04 September 2014 16:02 IST

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

Felipe Massa Tips Valtteri Bottas as Potential Champion
Valtteri Bottas of Finland celebrates his third place finish at the Belgian Grand Prix. © AP

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."

Topics : Felipe Massa Valtteri Bottas Monza Italian Grand Prix Formula 1
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