Senna signs Williams deal

Updated: January 18, 2012

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Brazilian Formula One driver Bruno Senna has signed a deal to drive for Williams in the 2012 Championship.

The 28-year-old, the nephew of former FI great Ayrton Senna, will drive alongside Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado, after being preferred over fellow countryman Rubens Barrichello for the position.

Senna, who previously raced with the struggling HRT team in 2010 before joining the Renault team for the final races of last season, said of the deal “I feel very privileged Williams has selected me as one of their race drivers,”

“The team has a great heritage and I hope I can help write a good chapter in their history.

“The evaluation process has been intense and methodical, but the time I have spent in the factory has demonstrated the team has great people and all the resources needed to achieve better things this season.

“It will be very interesting to drive for a team that my uncle has driven for, particularly as quite a few of the people here actually worked with Ayrton.

“Hopefully we can bring back some memories and create some great new ones too.”

Williams, many will remember was the team for which his uncle Ayrton Senna was driving when he was killed in 1994 and when asked about how he would cope with carrying on the Senna legacy in F1, Bruno told Radio 5 live: “It’s something that’s been present for me since my first race, and I have learned how to deal with the memories I bring of Ayrton.

“It’s very good for me to bring back memories of Ayrton in people. People are very fond of Ayrton and I am in no way trying to take his spotlight.

“It brings me a great feeling, and I’m sure it’s going to be more special every day.”

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