Senna and Bottas in contention for Williams seat
28 November, 2012
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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