Bruno Senna in Williams driver seat talks about F1 test at Barcelona: The Senna Legacy we love
With Formula 1 teams finishing the first of their pre-season test laps at Jerez last week, all eyes are now focused on the next tests at Barcelona. Bruno Senna, went on to do 250 laps with the 2012 Williams Renault FW34, and finished 15th fastest. He confirmed it was difficult to say where Williams stood at the moment, and believes the race car will finish with a stronger performance at Barcelona based on data collected at Jerez.
Bruno Senna stepping in as a driver for Williams is what many would have expected. When his uncle, Ayrton Senna drove for the last time on a F1 track, he had just made a shift to the Williams Formula One team in 1994. With this being F1 legacy of sorts, there’s no doubt all eyes will be on Bruno Senna this year. Reports suggest, Senna brings fourteen million Euros in sponsorship Williams.
In regards to where Williams stands as of now, Bruno Senna said, “It’s hard to say. We were not following the same sort of testing programme as everybody else.” “I think we are there together with other guys in the midfield but we will only find out for real in Barcelona when people start doing more straightforward test programmes and then we will see.”
He went on to say, “I think we have a strong platform and we have a few ideas in terms of what we want to do with direction, but you know each track is different. Jerez is very unique track in terms of how it makes the car behave, so for sure we are going to get to Barcelona and learn a bit more about the traditional circuits.”
Bruno Senna added, “Well we have been testing a lot of stuff in the car to try and improve tyre consistency, to improve it in the high and low speed, every test we did had an objective and we getting to know the car better and this is the main objective of this test at Jerez.” “And now when we come to Barcelona we know the car better, we know the tendencies and the most important thing to know is which direction to go in when we face a problem.”
Team Principal, Frank Williams had this to say about the 2012 Williams F1 team. “One could say that looking at the Williams F1 Team today we are off to a truly fresh start. We have a new car, new driver line up, new engine and new senior personnel. We also have a number of new partners who have joined the team in the past few months. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome them formally and sincerely wish that they have an enjoyable and, most importantly, a valuable experience with us. The team has had a good winter at the factory and we feel ready and strong for the fight.”
Chief Operations Engineer, Mark Gillan had this to say. “We are really looking forward to this season and from a personal perspective I can’t wait to get the FW34 on to the race track. The factory has worked extremely hard over the winter to ensure that the car met its design, build and rig test targets and we start testing with the car prepared to a high standard. We’ve worked in close co-operation with all of our partners to achieve that, including Renault Sport F1. In the run-up to Australia, we will be working hard with our exciting new driver line-up to ensure that we maximise and unlock the full potential of the FW34. It is imperative that we demonstrate a continuous improvement in our performance and deliver results throughout the season.”
Williams’ F1 team driver, Pastor Maldonado said, “I’m happy to be racing again with Williams. I have faith in the FW34 and the Renault engine and so have high hopes for the races ahead. It will be very important that we develop the car from the start of the season to the end. Now that I have a year’s experience, I can help in that area much more now. As we start a new year, it’s an exciting moment for my country Venezuela and I hope we can give them some good results to thank them for their continued support. We have many new components in the team so we will need to be focussed and work together well so that we may be stronger every day. I wish everyone in the team the best for the year and welcome Renault and Bruno. ”
Bruno Senna, Williams’ F1 race driver said, “I’m very excited to be back in action with the Williams F1 Team in Jerez. This is my ever first pre-season testing programme since I started in Formula One two years ago. I’m really motivated and looking forward to working hard and with everyone in the team. I hope we have a successful month testing and developing the car so we arrive in Melbourne as well prepared as possible.”
Finn Valtteri Bottas, Official Reserve Williams Driver said, “I am really excited about the year ahead and grateful to the team for giving me this opportunity. I will be driving one practice session at 15 races which will give me some proper mileage with the car. This will give me a better understanding of the car as well as an insight into what happens at a race weekend. I will still spend a lot of time at the factory preparing for the practice sessions and helping the team to develop the car over the season.”