Reading an article over at Autosport, it seems that the news outlets fancies a return of Felipe Massa to Williams should Mercedes lure Valtteri Bottas away for 2017. The article says that Williams would only entertain releasing Bottas only, “if an experienced, credible alternative was available”.
The magazine reckons Massa is that experienced driver and could easily slot back into the Williams fold and I don’t disagree with them in the least but I wonder fi that is really what Williams needs?
With Lance Stroll to make his rookie debut in 2017, the team need an experienced driver and while Mass is certainly that, having retired at the end of this season, I’m thinking there may be other drivers that the team could build with. Sergio Perez, Felipe Nasr, Jenson Button (I know, he’s retired too but I think it would be a good move), Carlos Sainz and maybe they could even scare up Roberto Mehri or Will Stevens for a season. On second thought, I think Massa might be a better choice than the latter two but hey, I’m throwing out names here. You were waiting for em to suggest Maldonado or Sutil weren’t you?
What do you think? Honestly, I think at this point, taking Pascal Wehrlein might not be a bad choice should Bottas bolt and to be perfectly frank, I’m not even sure Bottas at Mercedes is the best choice to be honest with you.
Hat Tip: Autosport