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Sir Frank Williams: “Stability is the key for any team”

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Sir Frank Williams believes stability is the key to success as his Williams Martini Racing team confirmed an unchanged driver line-up for the 2016 Formula 1 season.

Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa will race alongside one-another for a third season next year, with the Founder and Team Principal of the Williams F1 Team feeling the duo will be able to continue the positive momentum the team have had as they look to find a way back to the front of the field in 2016.

“I’m delighted to confirm that Felipe and Valtteri will be racing for Williams once again next year,” said Williams.

“Stability is key for any team to thrive in Formula One, so to be able to enter a third season with one of the strongest driver line-ups on the grid puts Williams in a fantastic position to continue its momentum towards the front of the grid in 2016.”

Williams feels the partnership between Massa and Bottas has been successful, and is hoping for more positive results during the remainder races of this year and during the 2016 season.

“Felipe’s blend of experience and raw speed is a rare attribute in Formula One. Felipe thrives in an environment where he is valued and can build a long-term relationship and we are delighted that he has become such an important part of the Williams family.

“Valtteri has become such a staple of Williams that we are as excited about the prospect of his potential as a championship contender as we are about returning the Williams name to the top of Formula One.

“Felipe and Valtteri quickly developed an exceptional working relationship from the beginning of 2014 and, while they remain fiercely competitive as rivals, they have always recognised the value of their collaboration in driving the team up the grid.

“Their shared work has given the technical team at Williams the best possible guidance in how to deliver the performance needed to carry the team forward, and both drivers have played a pivotal role in the rejuvenation of Williams.

“The successes we’ve enjoyed over the past two seasons would not have been possible without them, and they will play an essential role in the targets we aim to deliver in the future.”

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