Williams sign Felipe Massa for 2014 Formula One season

Updated: 11 November 2013 22:17 IST

Felipe Massa is currently eighth in the drivers' standings for 2013, with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel having already wrapped up his fourth successive Formula One title.

Williams sign Felipe Massa for 2014 Formula One season

London:

Felipe MassaWilliams have signed Brazil's Felipe Massa as one of their drivers for the 2014 Formula One season, the British team announced Monday.

Massa, 32, joins from grid rivals Ferrari, for whom he has raced since the 2006 season, with Pastor Maldonado axed by Williams.

"The Williams F1 Team is delighted to announce that Felipe Massa will join the team to drive alongside Valtteri Bottas for the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship season," a team statement said.

"The new line-up reflects Williams' determination to bring success back to the team," added the statement, the marque having managed just a solitary point in the 2013 Formula One constructors' championship with two rounds left.

Massa's Grand Prix future was called into question when Ferrari announced they had re-signed Kimi Raikkonen for next season.

In 12 seasons in Formula One, Massa has won 11 races and recorded 36 podium finishes.

He narrowly missed out on the 2008 drivers' world title to Britain's Lewis Hamilton by just a single point but helped Ferrari win the constructors' world title in both 2007 and 2008.

Massa is currently eighth in the drivers' standings for 2013, with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel having already wrapped up his fourth successive Formula One title.

"We are delighted to be able to confirm our 2014 driver line-up and welcome Felipe into the Williams family," said team founder and principal Frank Williams.

"He is an exceptional talent and a real fighter on the race track; he also brings a wealth of experience as we begin a new chapter in our story."

Massa said he was delighted to be joining another "iconic" team and one for whom Brazilian Grand Prix greats Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna had both raced.

"Williams is one of the most successful and important teams of all time in Formula One," Massa said.

"When I was a kid, I always dreamed about racing for Williams, Ferrari or McLaren and I'm glad to be signing with another icon of the sport following my time at Ferrari.

"It is also nice to remember that some of the best Brazilian drivers raced for Williams and cemented a strong national link with the team.

"I hope my experience will be useful in helping the team in its effort to move on from a difficult period," he added.

No Williams driver has won the world title since Canada's Jacques Villeneuve in 1997, the same year the team won the last of its nine constructors' titles.

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