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Wolff: Dropping Senna not 'hari-kiri'

Toto Wolff says Williams hasn't committed 'hara-kiri in a financial sense
Williams director Toto Wolff insists that the team hasn't committed commercial 'hara-kiri' following its decision to replace Bruno Senna for the 2013 F1 season.

The team has elected to forego Senna's financial backing from Brazil in order to promote test driver Valtteri Bottas into a race seat, leading to speculation about the impact that the decision could have on its budget for the new campaign.

However, Wolff insisted that the team wasn't taking a financial risk in putting Bottas into a race seat at Senna's expense, with the Finn having brought his own backing to the team.

“Finance plays an important role so for us it was important to have the best possible package, and we are happy Valtteri has partners who are committed to Formula One, and have followed him into Formula One,” he was quoted by the Scotsman.

“Valtteri has been with the team for a couple of years, and has been an investment until today. But I'm happy to say he is not only doing a great job on track but off it, as we have been quite successful in Finland securing backing. It is not unsubstantial.

“We have loyal partners who are going to stay with us next year. So getting Valtteri on board is not a hara-kiri move from a commercial point of view.”


Tagged as: Williams , Senna , bottas , toto wolff

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20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
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Dietrich - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 5:20 PM

What? His wife really tests for Williams and he manages Bottas and makes Williams lose USD20 million from Sennas backers! How can an F1 team give themselves this kind of administration???

Illty - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 6:14 AM

@RT the only reason Bottas was "quite" fast in FP1 was the very low fuel load and soft tires he was using. Senna had to play catch up andsetup the car for the race. He complained way too often that he had to redo all the setup because Bottas' would eat the tires in 1 lap. He asked Williams to have Bottas working the setup for the whole weekend but Toto said no. If you see Hamilton if he had to miss 1 hour of FP1 he would go wild just like Vettel now imagine Bruno having to miss 15 FPs and being handed a 1 lap tire eater having to redo everything!



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