Massa to return to F1 with Williams

Brazilian driver Felipe Massa announced that he will race again for Williams this year, just weeks after retiring from Formula 1. The 35-year-old has agreed to partner with Canadian teenager Lance Stroll in 2017 after Valtteri Bottas’ move to Mercedes, Williams announced on January 16, reports Xinhua news agency.

“I always intended to race sometime in 2017, but Williams is a team close to my heart and I have respect for everything it is trying to achieve,” Massa said.

“Valtteri has a great opportunity, given the turn of events over the winter, and I wish him all the best at Mercedes. I certainly have not lost any of my enthusiasm for racing and I’m extremely motivated to coming back to drive the FW40.”

Valtteri’s switch follows the shock retirement of Nico Rosberg in November, just days after he beat Lewis Hamilton to the world title. After starting his Formula 1 career with Sauber, Massa spent eight years with Ferrari before joining Williams in 2014. A veteran of 250 Grand Prix events, Massa has had 41 podium finishes and 11 victories.