Bruno Senna says he feels he can follow in the footsteps of Pastor Maldonado and challenge at the front during the current F1 season.

While Maldonado started from poll and then went on to secure his maiden F1 win, Senna failed to make it past Q1 and was then forced to retire from the Spanish Grand Prix after being hit by the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher.

While Maldonado's success has now increased the pressure on Senna to himself fight for podium finishes for Williams, the Brazilian said he felt confident that his time would come and he would also become a contender at the front.

"It's very encouraging to go to Monaco with a car that has just won a race," he told Press Association Sport. "I'm pleased for Pastor. It was a brilliant win after the hardest of years for the team last year, and it was great to see people with big smiles on their faces.

"But as we've seen in F1 this year, we've had five different teams, five different drivers winning five different races. So it doesn't mean the car is going to be a race-winner in Monaco, but I really hope it is - and that this time it's going to be the other one.

"I think my time will come. I have taken my time to learn. I can't expect to nail everything every race, but it's a very exciting time to be with this team. But first let's get to Monaco, do Thursday practice and wait and see."

The GP2 graduate meanwhile insisted he had put his clash with Schumacher, for which the German was handed a five-place grid penalty, firmly behind him and wasn't going to dwell on what happened.

"He was coming with much newer rubber, at a faster pace and had to overtake me at all cost, but he probably misjudged my braking point," he said. "I left him enough space on the right and left for him to make a move if he had wanted to, but he braked quite late and he just hit me.

"I don't care what he called me. It doesn't make any difference to me. It's his opinion. I'm sure many drivers have very strong opinions about people when they have an incident, but I wasn't too bothered about it."

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