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Felipe Massa Replaces Pastor Maldonado At Williams F1

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With Kimi Räikkönen taking Felipe Massa’s seat at Ferrari for the 2014 Formula One season and beyond, many thought the Brazilian may finally step down from a career in motorsport’s top echelon. Massa, however, was determined to continue his fight in F1 and this week it’s been revealed he will continue that fight together with British team Williams.

Massa will race alongside Valtteri Bottas in the 2014 season, thus replacing Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado, who has been with Williams for the past three seasons. It is not clear where Maldonado’s future lies, though it’s already being alleged that he may fill Räikkönen’s empty seat at Lotus next year. Other possibilities include Force India and Sauber.

Massa, 32, is one of the most experienced among the current field of F1 drivers and has signed a three-year contract with Williams. He has competed in 12 seasons of F1, eight of which were with Ferrari. He has 11 wins to his name, along with 36 podiums. He has frequently challenged for the Drivers' Championship, missing out by the narrowest of margins in 2008.

"[Massa] is an exceptional talent and a real fighter on the race track,” Williams founder and team principal Sir Frank Williams said at a press conference. “He also brings a wealth of experience as we begin a new chapter in our story.”

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

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