Williams minority shareholder and
aspiring Team Principal Charles ‘Toto’ Wolff has trashed suggestions that the team might soon dump Bruno Senna in favour of its impressive reserve driver, Finland’s Valtteri Bottas.
Struggling Brazilian drivers would appear to be the flavour of month – Felipe Massa is reportedly on thin ice at Ferrari – and the spotlight was cast on Senna after an error-ridden Spanish Grand Prix, in stark contrast to the lights-to-flag victory enjoyed by team-mate Pastor Maldonado.
Senna struggled with the handling of the FW34 all weekend, consigning himself to a poor grid position when he spun into the gravel during qualifying. His race was little better, tangling with Romain Grosjean at Turn 1, he was taken out of the race by Michael Schumacher at the same place on the very next lap.
Reports in the Finnish media (of course!) were that former F1 racer Mika Salo claimed Williams team founder Sir Frank Williams would dump Senna in favour of Bottas “soon”.
But Wolff, a 15% stakeholder in Williams and also manager of Bottas, has quashed the rumours.
“That story is bullshit,” he told Austria’s Sportwoche.
“Right now we need to get behind Bruno and support him,” he added. “Let’s not mess up our strategy.
“We have a job to do and we’ll keep doing it.”