Ousted Williams driver Bruno Senna has insisted he isn’t angry about being replaced by the team’s test driver Valtteri Bottas for a race seat in 2013.
Overnight, the championship-winning team confirmed the widely-expected news that Bottas would partner the incumbent Pastor Maldonado next season, leaving Senna to explore his ‘Plan B’ options to remain on the grid.
The announcement is rough news for Senna, who has performed reasonably well in his third different team in as many seasons. While he finished lower than Maldonado in the championship standings, he scored points in twice as many races as the crash-prone Venezuelan and achieved that without the benefit of running in most opening practice sessions during the season. That opportunity went to Bottas, who now replaces him.
It’s a fact that Senna readily acknowledged when quizzed about his departure in the hours following Williams’ announcement.
“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 debut in 2013,” he is quoted as saying on his official website.
“I would like to thank the whole team and particularly Frank for giving me the chance of completing my first full season in F1,” he added.
The website claimed that Senna would confirm his 2013 plans “soon”, with speculation linking him as one of many drivers vying for seats at the Force India and Caterham teams.
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