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Senna outshines Maldonado in India

Bruno Senna was once again the better of Williams' pair of drivers this weekend, after finishing in the points while his team mate Pastor Maldonado suffered a puncture and finished 16th.
Williams have a big decision to make about their driver line-up for 2013, and the outcome of the 2012 F1 Grand Prix of India at the Buddh International Circuit won't have made that decision any easier.

Pastor Maldonado might show flashes of genius that include his race-winning performance the Spanish Grand Prix in May, but he's only finished in the points in three races so far this season - with the Indian GP being another finish out of the points for the Venezuelan.

Bruno Senna on the other hand has finished in the points in eight of the 17 races so far this season, including the point he picked up for tenth place in Greater Noida this weekend.

"We had a strong car in the race," said Senna after the finish of the Indian GP. "Getting a point means that I am happy with today's performance.

"It was a fun race because I was fighting with cars that were very similar on pace so I had to make my overtaking manoeuvres stick, and so that was very satisfying," he said.

Reading between the lines, the most satisfying moment of all for Senna was most likely when he managed to slip past his own team mate on lap 17, when an opportunity presented itself as a result of a battle between Maldonado and Romain Grosjean over tenth place.

But that was by no means the low-point of the race for Maldonado: that came on lap 31, when Maldonado exited the pits and launched a spirited attack on Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi for 11th place. He managed to pull it off, but when Maldonado tried to move back onto the racing line going into turn 5, he found that he wasn't as clear of the Sauber's front wing as he had thought.

"The car was feeling good today and I was confident that I was going to score points, but my race was effectively over when I was hit and picked up a puncture which put me towards the back and lost me a lot of time," he explained.

"It was a very unlucky race for me in the end, but we can take some positives in the fact that the pace of the car has improved and we should be more competitive for the final three races of the season."

Senna agreed with his team mate's thoughts about the improved pace of the Williams: "The car has felt much better this weekend so we will head to the next race [in Abu Dhabi] with a lot more confidence."

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Dylan - Unregistered

October 29, 2012 10:44 AM

Some fanboys are SO biased they can't see a tree in front of their noses! Button was being praised like someone who just saved private Ryan with his last lap fastest lap of the race BUT in the same lap Bruno was just .2 of a second slower and yes I know most of you didn't know that. So the amazing pace Button was able to achieve in his fastest lap was just 0.2 faster than Bruno who got the second best lap of the race. I'm not saying you should love Bruno but give Ceaser what's due and Bruno had a great race and great pace!

Irene - Unregistered

October 29, 2012 12:27 PM

Drivers complain when they miss just 1 FP’s yet Senna will miss 15, yes 15, fp1’s this season (13 down, 2 to go). You cannot expect a driver to miss that many FP’s and do well in quali. He is ALWAYS playing catch up because of this and it is affecting him. Last year when he came in for Renault he out qualified Petrov and was in the top 10 shoot out more times! His racing is good and consistent. Despite Maldonado’s race win, Senna is only 7 points behind and has finished in the points 8 times compared to 3 for Maldonado. That is good, clean racing and with another year he will improve even more. Just not at Williams who have SCREWED HIM OVER!

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