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Rumours are circulating that Felipe Massa could be on his way to Williams for the 2014 Formula One season.
Massa will leave Ferrari at the end of the season after spending eight years with the team, with the Brazilian being replaced by Kimi Raikkonen in 2014.
Massa has been linked with a direct swap with Raikkonen, meaning that Massa would join the Lotus team. There have also been rumours that Massa could re-join Sauber, the team that he started his F1 career with.
It seems, however; that Williams have now joined the mix after their star driver, Pastor Maldonado, was subject of interest from Lotus. It seems that the Venezuelan’s sponsorship deals, that are worth millions, are the main reasons behind Lotus’ interest.
With Maldonado gone, that opens that door for Massa who would bring a lot of experience to a Williams team that has struggled this season.
It is likely that the Brazilian’s current race engineer, Rob Smedley, would also be interested in a return to the UK and could team up with his driver at Williams.
I think that Massa would be a great signing for Williams, who are desperate for a return to the front of the grid. Next season’s big rule changes could be their best chance of developing a car capable of finishing in the points every week.
The move would not match Massa’s statement last week though, in which the Brazilian stated that he still wanted to be in a car capable of winning races next season.
I expect Massa’s future to be in the limelight over the next couple of races, with Lotus, Sauber and Williams all in the frame.
Of course it is possible that Massa could find himself without a team next year.
If that is the case, it will be the first time since 1970 that Brazil has not been represented in Formula One.