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Formula One set for South American influx

Felipe Nasr would bring more backing to Williams from Brazil (©GettyImages)
Felipe Nasr would bring more backing to Williams from Brazil (©GettyImages).

South America’s future of producing top driver’s is looking brighter after two young hopefuls were linked to F1 teams.

Respected GP2 driver Felipe Nasr could be the next Brazilian to join Williams amid a spate of new signings for the Grove team.

On Monday the team announced Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will drive the FW36 in 2014 and then yesterday it was reported Massa’s race engineer at Ferrari, Rob Smedley, has also put pen to paper to join the historic British team.

The arrival of another Brazilian in Nasr continues to spark memories of past successes for Williams with drivers from South America’s largest country, names such as Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna.

“It’s very nice to be in this team, a team that was very important for Brazil and I hope will be again very important for Brazil,” Massa said when he was announced.

It is believed the arrival of Massa could entice Brazil’s oil giant Petrobras to sponsor the team and now with Felipe Nasr also in the frame other large companies from this rapidly growing nation could be on their way.

Should the 21-year-old be confirmed as reserve he would likely bring his backers in the form of the Banco do Brasil and Sky Brasil.

According to the Terra publication Nasr is managed by Kimi Raikkonen’s Steve Robertson while his uncle Amir also runs a well-connected and successful racing team back in Brazil.

Another young racer making his way through the ranks is Facu Regalia, after finishing runner-up to Red Bull-backed Daniil Kvyat in GP3 this year, Regalia, from Argentina, is under the eye of McLaren.

According to Italiaracing the 21-year-old was seen at the McLaren HQ in Woking where he had the chance to drive the team’s F1 simulator.

The report claims the team tested him on two tracks, the fast and flowing Silverstone and the twisty Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Italiaracing also claim Regalia has had talks with another British based team in Force India.

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