With Ferrari pairing Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, Formula One's annual game of musical chairs had, so far, left Brazilian veteran and 2013 Ferrari driver Felipe Massa without a team. Fortunately for Massa's fans, he's found a ride for next season, inking a three-year contract with Williams F1 that should allow his 11-year career in the top flight of open-wheel racing to carry on, according to a report from BBC Sport.

"When I was a kid, I always dreamed of racing for Williams, Ferrari or McLaren and I'm glad to be signing with another icon of the sport," Massa said in a statement. He spent the last eight years with Ferrari, winning 11 grands prix but suffering a devastating, near-lethal injury in 2009 that nearly ended his career, after a spring from another car impacted his helmet at speed.

Massa will be taking over for Pastor Maldonado, the Venezuelan who is rumored to be taking Raikkonen's place at Lotus. Joining the Brazilian will be Valtteri Bottas, a 24-year-old rookie that was quite highly billed in his climb to F1, but has failed to score a point this season and currently sits in 18th in the World Drivers' Championship.

"It is a team to fight for the championships and good results and I really want to be a part of it. I understand what they are doing to get stronger. I think we can be very successful and I believe it is the best choice compared to the other choices I had," Massa said of the struggling Williams team.

So, with Raikkonen at Ferrari, Maldonado probably heading for Lotus and Massa moving to Williams, have we finally gotten through F1's so-called Silly Season? It remains unclear, but as always, we'll be here to deliver any big news.


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      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maldonado shouldn't be in F1, but he bought his seat so guess we have to deal with it... I'm hoping hulkenberg gets the other lotus seat. I wouldn't be surprised if grosjean keeps his seat there though.. Lotus would be smart to go with grosjean and hulkenberg.
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        @Kuro Houou
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      h-man
      • 1 Year Ago
      The ONLY reason Massa has a 3-year deal (or any drive) is because he brings a TRUCK-LOAD of cash from his Latin American sponsors along with him. If he was forced to obtain a seat based on his talent, there wouldn't be one for him and he'd be announcing his retirement.
        Jason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @h-man
        I disagree... he's certainly a talented driver as evidenced by his '08 near-WDC. I think it's a fair deal and makes a lot of sense on both sides.
          h-man
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jason
          He has been a different driver after his accident. He is not as good as he once was.
      zef56
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thats bad news for hulkenberg. I really hope lotus picks him up instead of maldonado...
      kimidam
      • 1 Year Ago
      Come on!! Lotus is so stupid but I don't think they realise that with all the monkey tricks they've pulled this year... What they should do is get Hulkenberg, chuck Alan Permane and get somebody good to replace him. Between Grosjean & Hulkenberg, they'd then have a great team! The car's aero package is pretty good although cars are set to change drastically next year. Maldonado is pretty much useless save for a few flashes of good finishes he's had. Bottas was billed highly but it's his first year and driven responsibly instead of Brownian motion through the field :) I'm very glad Massa got a spot, he deserves to continue driving.
      haleff3
      • 1 Year Ago
      Massa is good second fiddle driver. =]
      CBR1000 Racer
      • 1 Year Ago
      He should have retired instead.
      VL00
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess Williams has given up on winning races
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      My view on Massa is that in a fast car and in ideal conditions, he's maybe in the 98th percentile of today's drivers for pure pace. His detriments seem to be adaptability in poor conditions (wet or changing or when the balance of the car is not already sorted out), and his contributions during the development seem to be limited, because the car has not progressed during the season for a long time now (during his term at Ferrari). So for a former-contender and mid-pack team now, he's probably a decent solution. At least they will know that the driver isn't the problem. He's proven to be fast in a good car.
        safeerexus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        One of Massa's strengths is overtaking / defending like the move he pulled off on Hamilton at Abu Dhabi this year. One of his weaknesses is inconsistency. He made several rookie errors this year like the Monaco crashes & when Alonso got the drop on him after his final pitstop (also at Abu Dhabi). Apparently he was so distracted that he forgot to press DRS on time at the next straight (based on in-car footage)
          Michael
          • 1 Year Ago
          @safeerexus
          I've always liked the way Massa will fight to the death to defend a position, but I never really felt he had the "killer instinct" of Alonso, Kimi or Hamilton.
      ChrisJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is Smedley moving over, too? I love that bromance. I know Williams is saying that they are going to have some more big announcements in the coming days, let's hope that's it. Franks is also going to play a more hands on role next year. I'd really love to see some podiums from such an iconic team.
        Michael
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChrisJC
        Yes, I read that Smedley is moving to Williams, however, it was a separate deal and had nothing to do with Massa going there.
      Proghog
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Hulkenberg had a decent ride he would have done a lot better this season Lotus should be going after him.
      Pamela DeBow
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who really gives a sh/t who drives the cars at the back of the pack that only serve as field fillers that enable Bernie to take home a pot of gold?
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