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Bruno Senna departed from Williams acknowledging that his axe from the British team was inevitable, but the Brazilian was satisfied with his season nevertheless.
Test and reserve driver Valtteri Bottas was named as a replacement for the Brazilian for next season, a decision which Senna was prepared for as he had to share the car with the Finn in 15 practice sessions “as a part of his preparation for a likely debut in 2013.”
The 29-year-old, who finished 16th in the drivers’ standings 14 points behind teammate Pastor Maldonado, said that it was “extremely satisfying to be the team’s most regular point scorer” despite the handicap.
Senna scored in ten of the 20 races while Maldonado registered points in only five with the Venezuelan’s tally largely credited to his win at the Spanish Grand Prix in May.
But Williams expects the inconsistent Maldonado, who earned the maximum number of penalties this season with 14, to learn from his mistakes and emerge as a much improved driver next year.
"I would rather have someone with big speed and a heavy right leg who makes mistakes rather than someone who can't get that fast, you either have it or you don't, " Williams' executive director Toto Wolff was quoted saying by Reuters.
A statement from Senna, meanwhile, said that he will “confirm his F1 plans soon”.