Bruno Senna: “I have learned a lot and improved”

Having lost his Williams seat to Valtteri Bottas Bruno Senna says he’s happy with his 2012 season.

Senna has scored points regularly this year, although he hasn’t been as fast over one lap as team mate Pastor Maldonado.

“Since the beginning of my programme with Williams I accepted that I had to share the car with Valtteri Bottas in 15 Fridays as a part of his preparation for a likely début in 2013,” he said on his website.

“It has been extremely satisfying to be the team’s most regular point scorer and for me to demonstrate my pace in all 20 races. I have learned a lot and improved considerably through the season. I have had a relatively short career so far and feel as though I have come a long way in just a few years.

“I would like to thank the whole team and particularly Frank for giving me the chance of completing my first full season in F1. It has been extremely rewarding to develop the Williams FW34 into a consistently competitive race car and cracking the challenge of the Pirelli tyres has been just one of the satisfying points.”

Senna pointed out that he’d had some good races: “I had some notable achievements this year, such as the fastest lap in the Belgian GP, my favourite track, scoring points on a regular basis and making up many, many places through the races.

“Regularly racing in the top ten has certainly been a step forward in my still relatively short career and has allowed me to further sharpen up my race craft. Working with a competitive and supportive engineering team like Williams has left me well prepared for the next step in my career.”

Intriguingly his website noted that “Bruno will confirm his F1 plans soon.”

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7 responses to “Bruno Senna: “I have learned a lot and improved”

  1. Simon B

    Bruno Senna has had his chance at F1. He’s shown himself to be nothing more than a competent F1 driver in an era when you need to be far better than that. More than that he’s had chances with three teams, a luxury very few are afforded. If he was any good surely Lotus would have kept him. Instead he took his cash pile to Williams who simply discovered what Lotus already new. Apparently a very nice guy, but that doesn’t cut it. Williams have made the right choice.

  2. Stone the crows

    Senna brings about 14 million to the table for a team, so he’ll probably find some sort of a drive before the end of the year. But the fact that he does offer that much cash and Williams chose to go with Bottas says quite a bit about how they view his abilities. I think Senna would have shown better pace and made fewer mistakes had he not had to give up so many practice sessions to Bottas, but… that’s the deal he cut with the team.

  3. F1 Fanatic

    Adam what’s “intriguing” about Bruno’s message about his future?

  4. Logan M. Smith

    Maybe Bruno is actually good, but just had a teammate who was too fast for him.

    Judging by Frank Williams statement on Maldonado having “incredible raw pace and the ability to ring the neck of a car and find speed where others would not”, maybe Bruno was just battling against a sub-standard car and a teammate who is just a lot quicker than average.

    I could not believe when Maldonado won Spain. I was not expecting the FW34 to be on the podium after the FW33 disastrous season.

    Bruno would do well at Force India, though.

  5. Adrian

    I think bruno is a very good driver, unfortunately he made his debut on a HRT and was putted on the middle of the season on lotus, and did quite well on qualifying but on the other hand the race rhythm was off especially because of his middle season debut.

    Anyways, loosing Friday sessions is very hard especially on terms of car set up, he lost 23hrs inside the car that is about the time of 11 races.

    Bruno was still trying the right set up on qualifying…

    He deserves a long term contract so he can develop more and 2013 i´m sure he will deliver good results,

    Williams did have a good car this year although it looks like the win of maldonado was off the line, same happened with nico rosberg.

    He may be the nephew of ayrton but he is not yet three time world champion.

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