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Bruno Senna’s deal to join Williams may have put the family’s famous helmet colours back into one of Sir Frank’s better vehicles of late, but the year always had the feeling of being a stop-gap for both parties. With Valtteri Bottas waiting in the wings, and being handed the Brazilian’s car for no fewer than 15 of the season’s 20 opening free practice sessions, the writing appeared to be on the wall, even though Senna managed to record more scoring finishes with less track time than team-mate Pastor Maldonado. In all, the Brazilian finished in the top ten ten times, but his best result of sixth – from round two in Malaysia – fell a long way short of Maldonado’s win in Barcelona, which makes it more telling that the pair were split by just one spot and 14 points in the final reckoning. With Bottas confirmed for 2013, Senna will once again have to cast around for another drive, He has been linked to both Force India and Caterham but even though he brings sponsorship dollars, his future remains frustratingly uncertain.