Senna and Bottas in contention for Williams seat

(L to R): Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW34 Third Driver and Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams. Formula One Testing, Mugello, Italy, Day Two, 2 May 2012.Nov.28 (GMM) Bruno Senna has admitted he has a “plan-B” in the event that Williams decides to replace him for 2013 season with Finnish rookie and team’s reserve driver Valtteri Bottas.

Agencia Estado quotes the Brazilian as admitting that 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 that 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 [that] have a spot next year.”

The Agencia Estado news agency also quoted Senna as saying that his mother Viviane, the sister of the late, great Ayrton Senna, had ruled out a switch to the “dangerous” oval-based Indycar series.

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