Paddock magazine December 2014 / January 2015 Issue 70 - Page 59

SEASON REVIEW Felipe Massa POINTS 134 POSITION IN THE DRIVERS‘ CHAMPIONSHIP 7 WINS 0 PODIUMS 3 POLES 1 RETIREMENTS 3 Valtteri Bottas POINTS 186 POSITION IN THE DRIVERS‘ CHAMPIONSHIP 4 WINS 0 PODIUMS 6 POLES 0 RETIREMENTS 1 Felipe Nasr as Test and Reserve driver attracted the support of Banco do Brasil. The real business success story at Grove, however, was bringing Martini back to Formula 1. The multinational alcoholic beverage company had teamed up with Brabham and Lotus in the 1970’s before signing up for a limited involvement with Ferrari in 2006. The 2014 deal with Williams began a new chapter in Martini’s presence in Formula 1 – a title sponsorship and a return of the iconic Martini livery in the sport. The 2014 season might be over, but the positive developments at Williams continue. The Grove-based outfit hammered up a deal with the fast moving consumer goods giant Unilever. The relationship will see the Rexona brand appearing on the sidepods, front wing and front wishbone of FW37 (Williams’s 2015 Mercedes-powered car). In contrast with previous winters, there will be 070 / December 2014 no driver line-up changes at Grove this year. Bottas won the intra-team battle (mostly by keeping his car out of harm’s way at the starts), but Massa is certainly rejuvenated and in 2014 the Brazilian showed glimpses of the form that nearly won him the world title in 2008. The battle in 2015 will be amazing. The only real issue with Williams during the 2014 season was that the team was at times too conservative. The pitwall opted for conservative strategies that would protect against Ferrari regaining the third position in the Constructors’ Championship rather than challenge Mercedes for the win. It happened even in Austria, despite Massa’s pole there. This should change in 2015. With the monetary future of the team secured by the third place in the Constructors’ standings, Williams now has the resources, the pedigree and the driver talent to fight for wins and titles. 59