Another F1 hope for Senna

Williams were proud to announce today that they have signed Bruno Senna to partner Pastor Maldonado in 2012. The Brazilian has not had a lot of luck with F1 thus far.
At the end of 2008, the GP2 runner-up was denied a place in F1 beside Jenson Button as Honda collapsed. Instead, when Ross Brawn rescued the team he kept the experinced Rubens Barrichello. This was probably a good move for Brawn, as their experienced drivers probably did much better than a rookie. But who knows what Bruno would have done in that car?
In 2010, he signed with former GP2 teammate Karun Chandhok to the brand new Hispania Racing Team. The team struggled, and Bruno did his best amidst a changing roster of teammates. He missed out at Silverstone, but returned for the rest of the season. After that year, it looked like his F1 chance was gone again.
At the start of 2011, Renault signed him up as one of their many test drivers. After Kubica’s accident, Nick Heidfeld partnered Vitaly Petrov. But as Heidfeld failed to deliver the Brazilian arrived for the second half of the season. He did his best in a car that could not match its early-season ability, and picked up two points.
Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean were brought to the new Lotus team for the coming season, and it once again seemed like Bruno’s hopes were over. But he negotiated hard, and with the blessing of all his family has joined Williams for 2012. Naturally this brings back memories of the last time a Senna was in a Williams-Renault. I am sure that Bruno will do his family name proud, and give the team its first points from a Senna.

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