Massa to debut the FW40

Date published: February 23 2017

Felipe Massa will put Williams’ new FW40 through its paces on the opening day of pre-season testing.

Despite retiring at the end of last season, the Brazilian brought back into Formula 1 by Williams after the team lost Valtteri Bottas to Mercedes.

Massa brings with him a wealth of experience and, as such, will be the first of the Williams drivers to trial the 2017 car at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Rookie Lance Stroll takes over duties on Tuesday before Massa returns to the cockpit on Wednesday. Stroll will wrap up the opening four-day test.

For the second test, which takes place March 7 to 10, it is Stroll who will be behind the wheel for the first two days with Massa taking over for the final two days.