|Williams 2017 driver line-up uncertain|
As the 2016
Formula One season drew to a close the Williams Martini team would make
several announcements regarding their future driving line-up, the two most
important being that of the retirement of Felipe Massa and the arrival of
Lance Stroll into the team for the 2017 season. Stroll would be joining
current Valtteri Bottas as the team looked forward to the 2017 season.
|For Massa even
though he retired from Formula One he had made it clear that he did not want
to retire from racing and was actively looking at other options for 2017. It
could be said that Felipe would provide the necessary experience Williams
requires next season, should he decide he wants to return for a 15th year.
But despite the opportunity of Felipe remaining with the Williams team for
2017 his performances in 2016 certainly were not what the team and I would
imagine himself had expected to see in 2016. Even Felipe had made it evident
that he was at the end of his Formula One career and that it was time to
For the Williams team Valtteri is one of their biggest assets as they prepare for the 2017 season and to see the team allow his to move to another team would be a very big decision for the Williams team. Should the team put his future driving aspirations ahead of those of the Williams team? With the team seeing their results drop away in 2016 only managing fifth in the Constructors Championship, not having a driver of Valtteri's calibre may see more of this in the future as the team copes with the learning year of Lance Stroll as well as the major technical challenges of the 2017 season.
But is any decision regarding Valtteri becoming more of a financial decision with the Williams team getting a reduction in the cost of their Mercedes engines. But is it the case that even with the arrival of Stroll and the backing that he has bought to the team such cost reductions still play a major role in any Williams team decision. If the Williams team allows Valtteri to move to Mercedes is it going to be a decision that they live to regret?