Wellington Phoenix have been given a boost ahead of the new season after re-signing a Kiwi international.

Felipe Massa finished the weekend's Australian Grand Prix in a superb sixth place, securing a very valuable eight points for the team, Felipe's race got off to a strong start as the Brazilian took P6 from Grosjean at lights out on a set of used ultrasofts.

He held sixth after the pitstops and continued on to bring the car home in the same position

Felipe's result secures eight points, placing him sixth in the Drivers' Championship and Williams kick off the opening race of the 2017 season P4 in the Constructors' Championship

“It was definitely a good race. I knew the most important thing for me was to overtake Grosjean at the start, because the competition was looking more with him than with the other guys in front who I knew would be very difficult to beat such as Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes,” Felipe said. “I had a very good start and passed him, then my race was free from there until the end. “

“The result was just great. I was so happy with the whole race. The way I was managing the tyres, the consistency, the work from the whole team, the pitstop - everything worked really well. We managed to beat the teams behind us in the right way. This is something we can really think about in terms of working towards the World Championship. I'm really happy with the result, so thanks to the whole team. Not bad for an old boy!