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Senna hit by lost track time

Bruno Senna says it wasn't ideal to miss FP1 in Korea despite topping the Williams challenge on Friday
Bruno Senna admitted that his preparations for the Korean Grand Prix had been hampered by the fact he was forced to sit out the first free practice session of the weekend.

The Brazilian watched from the sidelines for the first 90 minutes of running at Valtteri Bottas took over his car, with Senna then back in action for FP2.

Although he ended the day as the quickest of the three Williams drivers in twelfth spot, Senna admitted it hadn't been ideal to miss the opening session even though he ended the day strongly.

“It was a productive day for me,” he said. “Missing the first session wasn't ideal because I'm not so familiar with this track and my experience here in the last two years has been hampered by rain. But in the end I think we got a good idea of the direction we need to go to improve.

“It's going to be very tough, we can see that in low fuel situations some cars are faster than others, so we need to improve on that, but I'm confident that we can start the race further up the grid.”

Team-mate Pastor Maldonado meanwhile suffered a car problem during the second session which the team will now investigate ahead of Saturday's running.

“As we have seen in previous years the track evolution on the Friday is very big with low levels of grip to start with,” chief operations engineer Mark Gillan said. “We completed a very full combined development and set-up balance optimisation programme with our three drivers.

“We have a few areas to improve on for tomorrow and Pastor also had a car issue throughout FP2, which we are currently investigating.”



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Gaz - Unregistered

October 12, 2012 3:54 PM

Seems that Bruno is finally finding a bit of speed and showed great race pace in Japan but was stymed my losing his front wing on lap one and then getting a drive through penalty for his pains. A good P2 session today and only just over a second off the pace. If Bruno can just qualify better then points would be for the taking, as they would have been in Japan.

Gaz - Unregistered

October 12, 2012 5:40 PM

Yes, think your right Taz, unfortunately. Just have to hope that he can put some good results together to get a drive somewhere next year.



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