Williams confirm Senna for 2012 F1 season

Bruno Senna will drive for Williams in 2012

Bruno Senna will drive for Williams in 2012

Jan.17 (Press Release) Williams F1 today confirmed that Bruno Senna will contest the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship for the Williams F1 Team. The appointment finalises the team’s line up for this year following confirmation in December that Pastor Maldonado will enter his second season in Formula One as a Williams race driver. Bruno will make his debut with the Williams F1 Team in Jerez on 9th February at the first of the winter tests.

Williams F1 Conference Centre, UK 17th January 2012. Bruno Senna

Bruno inspects the classics

Frank Williams, Team Principal, said, “Bruno only started racing when he was 20 years old but quickly proved his talent in F3 and GP2. 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 Bruno’s 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.”

Bruno Senna (BRA) Lotus Renault GP R31.

Bruno drove eight races for Lotus Renault last year

Bruno commented, “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.”

  • Butterfly

    Oh boy, expect drama and tears from Rubens.

  • Bec

    How Adam Parr has turned a once proud team into an also-ran team scratching around for money.

  • Twiinz

    Cool ! I am glad that Bruno has a proper ride for 2012. I like Ruebens, but I think his days of being competitive are gone. He was a good asset to many teams within the sport. He should be proud of his contributions to F1. Hopefully Senna will take this opportunity to prove his talent and solidify his place on the grid for years to come.

  • Dominic J

    Are Williams the only team to choose two drivers who were outscored by their teammate? Force India have two who have only ever done so, but Nico’s was in 2010.

    You have to feel sorry for Sutil and Barrichello.

    Another thought – did they pick the sponsor package because they’re worried about the pdvsa money, because they’re that short on cash or because they rate the driver that highly. I really hope it isn’t option 2.

  • Stewy33

    I see Rubens driving to Senna’s house to knock over his mail box in Brazil…

  • Sennauno

    This one Grand of British teams, who were up there elbowing it out with McLaren and Ferrari, who employed the greatest names in Formula 1 in the last 30 years (Piquet, Prost, Mansell, Senna) has effectively hit rock bottom. Below Caterham…as Caterham have drivers who are there by their own rights

    Barrichello was still competitive last year, i dont know why people are saying he had to go. Maldonado didnt do that badly last year but he probably fed off Barrichello’s experience. Bruno didnt do enough with his stint at Lotus. He showed signs of speed but he also showed signs of a driver who had no GP experience

    In another Era, it wouldve been Barrichello and Sutil with race seats

  • FastCasey

    Renault shouldn’t have replaced Heidfeld, and Williams is about to find out why…. Sorry you didn’t bring a big enough bag of cash Rubens.

  • kaka007

    sutil is a great driver…but i think williams didn’t take a chance with him,considering the state of his court case….otherwise he would have definitely taken the seat at williams….that incident really ruined his f1 career….gud luk adrian….