Senna confirmed at Williams

Brazilian gets a drive

As has been expected the Williams F1 team will partner Bruno Senna with Pastor Maldonado for the 2012 season.

The news comes following a great deal of speculation regarding the second seat, and seemingly brings to an end a lengthy career for the team’s 2011 driver, Rubens Barrichello.

Senna, who drove for Renault with mixed results for much of last season, brings back to the team a name that will forever be associated with Williams, for it was with Williams-Renault that his uncle, Ayrton Senna, lost his life at Imola in May, 1994. Bruno said:

I feel very privileged that Williams has selected me as one of their race drivers. The team has a great heritage and I hope I can help write a good chapter in their history.

The evaluation process has been intense and methodical but the time I have spent in the factory has demonstrated that the team has great people and all the resources needed to achieve better things this season. It will be very interesting to drive for a team that my uncle has driven for, particularly as quite a few of the people here actually worked with Ayrton. Hopefully we can bring back some memories and create some great new ones too.

I also want to get some good results in return for the support my country has given me to help get me to this position today. I am very proud to be Brazilian and more motivated than ever to demonstrate what I can do. Ever since I first sat in a go-kart I never wanted to do anything else.

Sir Frank Williams added:

In a tightly fought 2008 GP2 season, Bruno finished second in the Championship with notable victories in Monaco and Silverstone, the latter in the wet. The circumstances of Brunos two seasons in Formula One have not given him an ideal opportunity to deliver consistently so it was essential that we spent as much time with him as possible to understand and evaluate him as a driver. We have done this both on track and in our simulator and he has proven quick, technically insightful and above all capable of learning and applying his learning quickly and consistently. Now we are looking forward to seeing that talent in our race car.

Despite the enthusiasm from both team principal and driver there are many who see this as a monetary move rather than one based on talent alone, and it remains to be seen whether Senna – or Maldonado – has the necessary resolve to lead the team in a year of change, and beyond.

This article was written on Tuesday, January 17, 12:26

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