Senna: A race win in my first full season would be the dream come true

5 July, 2012

2012 European Grand Prix - Friday Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia, Spain 22nd June 2012. World Copyright:Charles Coates/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _X5J9587

Bruno Senna at the wheel of the Williams FW34

Jul.5 (Reuters) Bruno Senna will celebrate a number of firsts at Silverstone this Sunday at the British Grand Prix but probably not the one he wants more than any other, which is to win his first Formula One race where his late uncle once powered to victory.

Race winner Ayrton Senna (BRA) McLaren 4/4.  British Grand Prix, Rd 8, Silverstone, England.  10 July 1988.The Brazilian, nephew of the late triple champion Ayrton, will start a British Formula One Grand Prix for the first time and also become the first Senna to drive a Williams in the team’s home race.

Ayrton, winner at Silverstone in 1988 with McLaren, died in a Williams in 1994 in only his third race for the former champions.

The first Bruno really wants is on the results sheet and that looked an impossible dream at the start of the season. The success of Venezuelan team mate Pastor Maldonado in the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position in May changed everything.

“Of course there’s something I really want which is to win a race,” he told Reuters, one of the team’s sponsors, at their London headquarters on Wednesday. “But we have to be patient. It’s Pastor’s second season and he had the whole of last year to learn, to make mistakes and to develop himself. And he’s very well integrated with the team and his engineer.”

Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams with a model. Formula One World Championship, Rd8, European Grand Prix, Race Day, Valencia, Spain, Sunday 24 June 2012.“It’s difficult to see from the outside just how important that really is,” he added.

Senna entered Formula One in 2010 with the struggling Spanish HRT team but had to sit out the British Grand Prix that year to make way for well-funded Japanese Sakon Yamamoto.

In 2011, he was a reserve at Renault and only got his chance to race from the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August when Germany’s Nick Heidfeld was dropped.

He has had some good races this season with Williams, including a sixth place from 23rd on the grid in a wet Malaysia in March and a seventh in China. He has scored in four of his eight starts this year.

Maldonado has nonetheless out-scored him 29 points to 16.

2008 GP2 Series. Round 5.  Silverstone, England. 6th July. Sunday Race.   Bruno Senna (BRA, iSport International) celebrates his victory on the podium.  World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic. GP2 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image _P9O1066“When you know you have a good car, and we know we have a good car, it’s always a question of knowing how to pace yourself during the weekend. Like Pastor did. He just pushed as hard as he could and he reaped the benefit,” said Senna.

“Hopefully we can have a good strong weekend and then get onto the podium and deep into the top 10 and get some strong points. That’s what really matters. I think a race win in my first full season would be the dream come true but for the moment I’m very happy with scoring points.”

Silverstone, a high-speed circuit he last raced on in 2008 before changes to the layout, offers him a good opportunity to show off his talents – particularly in the wet. Williams could be dark horses on the day.

“I think our car responds very well to lower track temperatures so Silverstone will be like that, considering that the weather is always a bit colder here even in the summer and there is also the chance of rain looming over the whole weekend,” said Senna.

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada 9th June 2012 Bruno Senna, Williams FW34 Renault puts on his helmet in the garage. World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image IMG_1930“Whenever it’s raining it’s good news for me…in the wet you can kind of take over.”

In the heat of Valencia last month, Senna was caught in a collision with Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi, suffered a puncture, spun, was handed a drive-through penalty yet still managed to collect a point with his 10th place.

The thought of what might have been still rankles for a driver whose place at the team beyond this season is far from certain, with highly-rated Finnish tester Valtteri Bottas waiting in the wings.

“Considering where I was just before I got into the incident with Kamui, we could have finished on the podium which is very upsetting,” said Senna.

“It’s really upsetting to have [lost] the chance of finishing on the podium for the first time but it’s only ifs and buts. When I get the car to the podium then I can be satisfied.”

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  • muddles

    Bruno, you will have to do something or lose your drive in 2013.
    As for your comments on Pasta Malfunction, hh is still am king mistakes and big ones at that.

  • muddles

    Correction. He is still making mistakes

  • Andy – London

    Just like Ralf years ago, Bruno wouldn’t even get a sniff of an F1 drive if he wasn’t remotely related to Ayrton.

    He seems to be involved in too many incidents. The car deserves a faster driver in the seat. As for Pastor, I wish he hadn’t got the win in Spain because pretty much everything else he has done has been a disaster. The petulance shown against Lewis in Spa 2011 and Perez at Monaco 2012 is unforgivable. I’ve never seen a driver try to damage a car in such a petty way, let alone twice.

  • the legendary T.A.

    there will have to be a very big bag of brazilian loot placed on frank williams desk for 2013

  • Malcolm

    Andy-London…….Has said it all, regarding Bruno and Pastor!

  • Psych4191

    @Andy, Bruno was out of any type of racing for 10 years due to his mother (after his father and Ayrton were killed in a very small amount of time.) He used to demolish Ayrton in karts, and he’s done well in his time in F1. He’s essentially a rookie with a bit of experience. In my book, he’s blowing Maldonado out of the water. Maldonado has a win, that’s 25 points, after that? It’s Bruno – 16, Maldonado – 4. He has four times the points if we exclude ONE race. If he’s given time to actually develop, he’ll be a good racer. That’s his problem, he hasn’t been given time at all.

  • wtf

    @psych4191

    everything you say is true and right. Sad thing is time is a scarce commodity in Formula 1. I predict Williams may have the package to attract a big name next year as everyone knows this years Williams in the right hands is a title competitor so Senna will need strong results from here on as at least 1 of them will lose their seat before seasons end

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