Senna could be replaced by Bottas soon

13 May, 2012

2012 Chinese Grand Prix - Friday Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China 13th April 2012 World Copyright:Charles Coates/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _X5J3707

Williams drivers line-up (L to R) Pastor Maldonado, Susie Wolff, Bruno Senna, and Valtteri Bottas

May 13 (GMM) Ex-Formula One driver Mika Salo believes his Finnish countryman Valtteri Bottas is being groomed by Williams for a race seat and this could take place this season.

When the Toto Wolff-managed Bottas, 22, was announced as the British team’s 2012 reserve, Sir Frank Williams said he would practice on 15 Friday mornings and then “most likely” be replaced with a “more experienced driver” for the rest of those race weekends.

That more experienced driver would ultimately turn out to be Bruno Senna.

So with Brazilian Senna struggling so far in 2012, Salo has revealed he senses that things could be about to change.

“Bottas is incredibly respected by the team,” Salo, now a commentator for the Finnish broadcaster MTV3, said.

“When I spoke with Frank Williams, he praised Valtteri to the skies, and said that he belongs in the races.

“I asked him when and he said it wouldn’t be long.

“Yes, I read between the lines that he means this season,” added Salo.

One major spanner in the works, however, is that Senna brings crucial sponsorship to Williams.

“It is a difficult situation for Williams, where both drivers bring money,” Salo acknowledged.

“But the good thing is that Frank Williams is not a businessman first, he is an old racing driver. He thinks about nothing else but how to make his team successful.

“Although Senna is a nice guy, he is not able to drive at the level that he needs to be at.”

When asked about Salo’s theory, Bottas commented: “I have no information.”


  • Philip Pegler

    You have to remember that Senna has relatively limited racing experience, which may beg the question as to why he’s in F1 in the first place. The fact remains, however, that Bruno is talented and just needs some time in one place only, to build the confidence, to develop a working-pattern and cultivate his abilities into results; let us not forget the two very good drives this year, which is more than can be said for some other respected drivers on the grid. Give Senna time, and give Williams time to continue with it’s outstanding turnaround in 2012.

  • Psych4191

    People are retarded… Senna’s scoring plenty of points, why would he be replaced?

    I will say this, though – Bottas needs to get a race seat SOMEWHERE. That kid is incredibly fast. Mika-esque, really.

  • me262

    bruno is struggling? he’s had a couple of good hauls this year

  • Ankit Pardeshi

    another good option can be sutil

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