Williams has confirmed that both Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will remain with the team next season, continuing the relatively successful partnership.
Whilst Massa had been expected to continue with the team, there was a question mark over Bottas’ future after reports he would replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari emerged. However with Ferrari confirming Raikkonen’s extension last month, an unchanged line-up at Williams was therefore predicted.
Speaking about the announcement, Massa said: “I am very happy to be a part of the Williams family. I am in my second year here and am so pleased to be staying as we are working very well together as a team. They respect me a lot and the results are there, and it has been so nice to be part of the big turnaround the team has seen since the end of 2013.
“I can’t wait to carry on and continue pushing even more for the team, and for myself. Thank you to Frank, Claire, Mike, Pat and the whole Williams team for their ongoing support and belief in me, as we build on what is already a great relationship.”
Bottas added: “I am really pleased to be staying with the team for a fourth F1 race season. We have been getting stronger as a team and I look forward to what next year will bring, as I believe we can achieve even stronger results than what we have seen so far.
“I can’t wait for 2016, however I am still fully focused on this season as we still have plenty of challenges to achieve. I must thank Frank, Claire, Mike, the Board, and everyone at Williams for their continued trust in me.”