Brazilian driver will confirm his F1 plans soon
Bruno Senna, aware of the team’s long term plans for some time already, today accepted pragmatically the choice of Williams driver line up for the next Formula 1 season which was announced earlier this morning in England.
Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado will remain in the squad and will be joined by Finn Valtteri Bottas, Williams reserve and third driver in the 2012 season which concluded on Sunday at the Interlagos circuit.
“Since the beginning of my program with Williams I accepted that I had to share the car with Valtteri Bottas in 15 Fridays as a part of his preparation for a likely début in 2013”, Bruno explained.
Despite the inevitable handicap caused by the lost track time during the free practice sessions, and the resulting effect to his qualifying positions, Bruno reflects positively on the balance of his third year in the pinnacle of motor racing.
Starting in 2010 with the small HRT, he raced the last eight rounds for Lotus Renault in 2011 and moved to Williams in January, finishing in 16th in the drivers standings with 31 points, the first time he contested a full season.
“It has been extremely satisfying to be the teams most regular point scorer and for me to demonstrate my pace in all 20 races. I have learned a lot and improved considerably through the season. I have had a relatively short career so far and feel as though I have come a long way in just a few years”.
Bruno showed a special gratitude to Sir Frank Williams, a name strongly linked to Formula 1 history.
“I would like to thank the whole team and particularly Frank for giving me the chance of completing my first full season in F1. It has been extremely rewarding to develop the Williams FW34 into a consistently competitive race car and cracking the challenge of the Pirelli tyres has been just one of the satisfying points.”
After fullfilling a busy sponsors agenda at the beginning of the week, Bruno returned to Europe last night convinced that today he is a much better driver than the one that started the championship in March in Australia.
“I had some notable achievements this year, such as the fastest lap in the Belgian GP, my favourite track, scoring points on a regular basis and making up many many places through the races. Regularly racing in the top ten has certainly been a step forward in my still relatively short career and has allowed me to further sharpen up my race craft. Working with a competitive and supportive engineering team like Williams has left me well prepared for the next step in my career”, Bruno concluded.
Senna ‘in race with Bottas’ for Williams seat
Bruno Senna has admitted he has a “plan B” in the event Williams decides to replace him for 2013 with Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas.
Agencia Estado quotes the Brazilian as admitting he and Bottas, the team’s Toto Wolff-linked 2012 reserve driver, “are in the same battle” for a single race seat for next season.
“As soon as we saw that the battle was strong, we saw that we needed a plan B, because you can’t wait until the end (of the year) to see whether or not you are somewhere,” said Senna.
“Ideally, I’d like to continue at Williams, because I believe that continuity is important. But if I am not there, I’ll need to be somewhere else.”
Some media reports claim Bottas, 23, will surely be Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado’s teammate in 2013.
Senna responded: “We are in the race with Bottas, but at the same time, I am negotiating with other places to ensure I have a spot next year.”
The Agencia Estado news agency also quoted Senna as saying his mother Viviane, the sister of the late and great Ayrton Senna, had ruled out a switch to the “dangerous” oval-based Indycar series.
Senna not angry about Bottas news
Bruno Senna on Wednesday insisted he is not angry about Williams overlooking him for a race seat in 2013.
Earlier, the famous British announced that it will promote 2012 reserve and ‘Friday’ driver Valtteri Bottas to race alongside Pastor Maldonado next season.
Just before the announcement was made, Senna was quoted in the media as saying he was working on a ‘plan B’ in the event Williams opted for Bottas.
And speaking after Wednesday’s official news, he said: “Since the beginning of my programme with Williams I accepted that I had to share the car with Valtteri Bottas in 15 Fridays as a part of his preparation for a likely debut in 2013.
“I would like to thank the whole team and particularly Frank for giving me the chance of completing my first full season in F1,” he said on his official website.
The website report concluded: “Bruno will confirm his F1 plans soon.”