January 17, 2012
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Bruno Senna will replace Rubens Barrichello at Williams
The Senna name has finally made a return to the historic Williams team, as Ayrton’s nephew Bruno Senna has been confirmed at the team for the 2012 season.
Bruno’s uncle was killed in his third race for the team, and his name has been carried on the FW series of cars ever since. Today’s confirmation is made all the more memorable seeing as the Williams team are making a return to Renault engines, the same supplier when Ayrton raced for them.
Bruno’s F1 career has been stunted to say the least, being shoved out of his HRT seat to make way for Sakon Yamamoto. He drove for Renault in the second half of 2011, but failed to retain his race seat for 2012.
With this news, it is almost certain that we will not see veteran Rubens Barrichello racing next year.
Senna was full of praise for his new team today:
"I feel very privileged that 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 that the team has great people and all
the resources needed to achieve better things this season."
In his last race for the team in Brazil last year, Barrichello wore a tribute helmet to his late idol.
This means that the only race seat available for this upcoming season is alongside Pedro de la Rosa at HRT.