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.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.