Senna's best chance is a podium this year

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Bruno Senna is keen to emulate his teammate Pastor Maldonado's win at the Spanish Grand Prix earlier in May but remains realistic pointing out that he can register a podium at best this season.

The Brazilian driver has scored a bit more than half the points of Maldonado's tally this year although the Venezuelan has been far more promising.

Maldonado has potentially lost at least 20 points considering he crashed when he was chasing fifth in Australia and a podium in Valencia, while the 28-year-old has lagged behind.

"Of course there's something I really want which is to win a race," Senna told Reuters, "But we have to be patient. It's Pastor's second season and he had the whole of last year to learn, to make mistakes and to develop himself. And he's very well integrated with the team and his engineer.

"It's difficult to see from the outside just how important that really is," he added.

Senna has another disadvantage as he has been replaced by reserve driver Valtteri Bottas for several first practice sessions this season, costing him valuable track time.

"When you know you have a good car, and we know we have a good car, it's always a question of knowing how to pace yourself during the weekend. Like Pastor did. He just pushed as hard as he could and he reaped the benefit," Senna explained ahead of the upcoming British Grand Prix.

"Hopefully we can have a good strong weekend and then get onto the podium and deep into the top ten and get some strong points. That's what really matters. I think a race win in my first full season would be the dream come true but for the moment I'm very happy with scoring points," he confessed.


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