Senna ‘really excited’ to come home sixth
25 March 2012 – After a truly dramatic Malaysian Grand Prix, Williams scored its first points of the year when Bruno Senna came home sixth – the position in which Pastor Maldonado would have finished had he not crashed in Australia last week.
“I am really excited about the result today,” said the nephew of late triple World Champion Ayrton. “I’m so happy that I have scored points for the team after a very tough race. It’s on days like to today that you can show what you can do in difficult conditions. I knew we had to attack after the restart, so it was very satisfying to push hard, not make any mistakes and to make my way up through the field. I’m so happy for everyone in the team.”
Impressively, Senna's result comes despite missing the first practice session when reserve driver Valtteri Bottas was in the car. Unfortunately for Maldonado, a chance of his own points finish was destroyed when his Renault engine suffered problems with just three laps to go.
“It was very difficult today, with conditions changing so quickly at the start,” the Venezuelan began to explain. “I had poor visibility in the pit lane so missed the pit box entry after the restart, which dropped me down the order.
“I was then just pushing every lap and our pace was very consistent. I had a good race to come through from 20th to tenth with just two laps remaining. Bruno had a great race and we have both been able to show that the car is competitive.”