Felipe Massa reveals he held talks with Lotus and McLaren before signing for Williams
Brazilian not short of suitors following exit from Ferrari
By Pete Gill
Last Updated: 18/11/13 5:20pm
Just two months after being ousted from Ferrari, Massa has opened a new chapter in his F1 career after agreeing to become Valtteri Bottas' new team-mate as a replacement for the outgoing Pastor Maldonado.
Since Ferrari's decision to replace Massa with the returning Kimi Raikkonen was confirmed in September, the Brazilian has been in sparkling form, out-qualifying Fernando Alonso for five of the last six races.
Having proved that he hasn't lost any of his talent, or desire, it appears as if the veteran Brazilian wasn't short of offers as he sought to prolong his decade-long F1 career, with Massa divulging that held talks with Lotus, Sauber, Force India and McLaren before opting for Williams.
The inclusion of McLaren on that list is particularly eye-catching and will fuel speculation that the team are set to drop Sergio Perez after a disappointing first season at Woking in favour of up-and-coming Dane Kevin Magnussen.
Massa, meanwhile, has no doubts that he both he and Williams can prosper in 2014 despite a troubled campaign in 2013 in which the team have registered just a solitary, lonely point.
"I'm very happy to be here and to start a new part of my career with Williams. I had a very long and nice time with Ferrari but now I'm really happy to move to Williams. I have a lot to give to this team," the 32-year-old told Sky Sports News.
"It's the beginning of a new F1 with the new rules, it will be completely different in 2014 compared to 2013 and the rules change will be bigger than ever. I'm really looking forward to a good car. I'm happy to be here and believe I've chosen the right team.
"I'm very lucky to be moving to a very famous team in Formula 1. It's a very difficult time for Williams this year but the most important thing is that they want to go back to how they were before. I want to help them grow and take the Williams name back to first place and the podium."
Pivotal in Massa's decision to join Williams is the team's engine deal with Mercedes which will see the Grove outfit supplied with what is predicted to be the most powerful unit on the grid next year.
"Many people are very positive about Mercedes, you hear so many things about the Mercedes engine in 2014 and that's the engine we are going to use here. For sure, big teams have more possibility to build a good car but it's a big change for everyone and so many and you could see another team have a good year in 2014."