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Felipe Massa comes out of retirement to re-join Williams

Williams Martini Racing announced today that veteran driver Felipe Massa has agreed to re-join Williams on a one-year deal, coming out of retirement to replace Valtteri Bottas who the team has released to join Mercedes for the 2017 season.

Felipe will race for a fourth consecutive season with Williams, alongside Lance Stroll who will make his Formula One debut in the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship.

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Valtteri Bottas joins Mercedes from Williams

It's been 45 days since Nico Rosberg dropped the bombshell of his immediate retirement from Formula One. And it left the team with a conundrum: how to best fill the vacant seat alongside three-time champion Lewis Hamilton in order to defend the Constructors' Championship?

Following six weeks of detailed evaluation, deliberation and negotiation, the answer can now be confirmed officially: we signed Valtteri Bottas this morning. The 27-year-old native of Nastola, Finland has completed four seasons in Formula One with Williams, making 77 starts and scoring 9 career podiums so far. 

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Paddy Lowe to leave Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Following three and a half very successful years, Paddy Lowe will be leaving Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. He has now begun a period of gardening leave.

In the short term, our stable technical organisation will continue to operate under the proven and established leadership of our senior directors Aldo Costa (Engineering Director), Mark Ellis (Performance Director), Rob Thomas (Chief Operating Officer) and Geoff Willis (Technology Director).

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Williams Driver Lance Stroll Confirmed for Autosport Show

Williams is delighted to announce that Lance Stroll, who will race for WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING in the 2017 Formula One World Championship, will be appearing at this year’s Autosport Show (12th – 15th January 2017, NEC, Birmingham).

The Canadian will be taking to the Autosport International stage on Saturday 14th January, whilst Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams and Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley will be interviewed on Sunday 15th January. 

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CTO Pat Symonds to leave Williams Racing

Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC today announced that Pat Symonds will be stepping down from the role of Chief Technical Officer of WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING at the end of 2016.

Pat joined Williams towards the end of the 2013 Formula One season on a three-year contract, and in that time has helped oversee a strong turn around in the team’s performances on the race track, with 14 podiums secured over the past three seasons. Pat will be departing on 31st December 2016.

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Alonso declares he is committed to McLaren

Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso has declared that his "only goal" is to be world champion with McLaren-Honda.

"I believe in this project, I'm committed and I want to be world champion with McLaren-Honda. That's my only goal," Alonso said at the headquarters of the English team on Tuesday.

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Alonso and Wehrlein in contention for Rosberg's Mercedes spot

The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team is looking at signing Spaniard Fernando Alonso, a two-time world champion, to replace current champion Nico Rosberg, who retired days after winning his title, the team's executive director Toto Wolff has said.

"You have to consider Fernando," Wolff was quoted saying in an interview with Sky Sports on Tuesday. "He is a driver I respect a lot. He combines talent, speed and experience. It's all there."

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