Can Massa thrive at Williams?
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Can Massa thrive at Williams?

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Felipe Massa might not have left Ferrari on his own terms, but the Williams environment - and escaping his number-two role - might be exactly what he needs to thrive, as EDD STRAW explains

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.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Felipe Massa
Teams Williams
Author Edd Straw