Claire Williams believes Felipe Massa with his 15 years experience in Formula 1 will be “instrumental” in driving Williams’ 2017 development.
This season Formula 1 is embracing a host of new technical regulations including wider wings and tyres, all aimed at making the cars up to five seconds per lap faster.
The changes mean experience could count for a lot, which was one of the reasons why Williams brought Massa out of retirement when they lost Valtteri Bottas to Mercedes.
Deputy team boss Williams reckons the Brazilian will play a key role in helping the Grove team develop their car throughout the season.
“Felipe has obviously done 15 years in Formula 1, he’s one of the most experienced drivers on the grid,” she said in a video posted on the team’s social media channels.
“Going into a year when you have a clean sweep when it comes to the technical regulations, Felipe’s going to bring an enormous amount to the table this year, particularly from an engineering side.
“It’s going to probably be a year when you see a huge amount of development on these cars from when they first take to the track in testing and then going to the first race in Australia.
“Someone like Felipe, who’s not only great in the car and consistent, which will be important when it comes to testing, but he’ll also be able to help with the development process right from the very start.
“So for us he will be instrumental in driving change and driving performance to the FW40 this year.”