Having once claimed that he could rather from Formula One as a whole than swap a driver’s seat at Ferrari for one of the mid-grid teams of the sport, veteran Brazilian driver and outgoing Ferrari man Felipe Massa has been linked with the weakest of the mid-field teams of the season so far for the new season.
The 32 year old announced his decision to leave the Italian giants a couple of weeks back with Ferrari announcing the return of former world champion Kimi Raikkonen to their fold as the partner of Fernando Alonso and since his announcement, the Brazilian has been linked with a return to his former team Sauber as well as going in the opposite direction to fill the void left by Kimi at Lotus F1.
But now, Massa has been linked with a move to Williams Renault, with reports emerging that Pastor Maldonado swapping the Grove based team for a seat at the Enstone based Lotus F1 with Massa becoming the prime candidate to replace him at Sir Frank Williams’ team.
Unlike Maldonado, a Venezuelan, the Brazilian Massa doesn’t bring as many millions to the team but his racing experience coupled with the fact that the team has signed up engineering genius Pat Symonds could do wonders for the floundering fortunes of the Williams Renault team if the move goes through.
It has also been reported that the arrival of Massa will tempt many of the team’s former sponsors to return to their fold. It has also been revealed that his current race engineer Rob Smedley is also holding out for a return home to the United Kingdom and would love to team up with Massa at the Grove based team and this news, if true, will be the best news for Williams Renault fans this season.