The last time Williams signed a Brazilian veteran ex-Ferrari driver, it worked out pretty well. Rubens Barrichello led the team in one of its better seasons of recent times in 2010, and his experience and speed proved a valuable asset.
The relationship ended after a dire second season during which, inevitably, team and driver had some fractious moments. But, on balance, the two-year Williams/Barrichello alliance was positive, particularly in the first year. It certainly extended the Indian summer of Barrichello's career, which started with the Brawn campaign of 2009.
There are plenty of similarities between new signing Felipe Massa and Barrichello, but it would be foolish to suggest they are in the same situation.