Senna scores as Maldonado disappoints
28 May 2012 – Monaco delivered a single point for Williams as Bruno Senna kept out of trouble and finished tenth in the Principality, where his late uncle had previously won on six occasions. However it was a disappointing weekend all-round for Barcelona winner Pastor Maldonado, who started from the back but ended his race on the opening lap.
Williams had travelled to Monte Carlo off the back of the huge garage fire which destroyed thousands of pounds worth of IT equipment after the Spanish Grand Prix. Maldonado, having crashed in practice and received a ten-place grid penalty for driving into Sergio Pérez, started on the back row after further punishment for a gearbox change. At first corner Sainte Devote he drove into Pedro de la Rosa’s HRT, then crashing at the Fairmont Hairpin half a lap later.
“The weekend was compromised after we received the penalties, so we are now looking forward to the next race. We have a competitive car and it will be completely different in Canada - it’s a different track and a different situation.”
Williams last won in Monaco when, powered by a BMW engine, Juan Pablo Montoya beat Kimi Räikkönen and Michael Schumacher to the chequered flag nine years ago.