Date: 11th November 2013 at 3:12pm
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Felipe Massa will remain in Formula One in 2014 after signing for the Williams team.

The 32-year-old told the media when announcing the deal that: “When I was a kid, I always dreamed of racing for Williams, Ferrari or McLaren and I’m glad to be signing with another icon of the sport.”

The Brazilian driver’s future had been in doubt after he lost his seat at Ferrari to 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen. He initially opened talks with Lotus regarding the empty seat left behind by Kimi, but it soon became clear that Lotus preferred German driver Nico Hulkenberg.

Massa will partner Valtteri Bottas, with Pastor Maldonado quitting Williams.

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams added: “Felipe has demonstrated his talent and speed over the years, as well as his ability to motivate and drive a team to championship success.”

The big news now will be where Maldonado ends up, he had been in talks with Lotus, but it seemed that with new investors stepping in then that option had ended, with Hulkenberg set to partner Grosjean.

Other teams that could give Maldonado an option are Force India and Sauber, who would be interested in the Venezuelan just as much for his pace as for his massive sponsorship appeal with Venezuelan state oil PDVSA.