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.
“I’m happy we got a point from a very tough race,” said Senna, who benefitted from problems ahead, such as the slowing Michael Schumacher. “We deserved more and I felt we could be stronger than this, but today it didn’t happen and so we did the best we could do. It’s good to be in the top ten but I have bittersweet feelings.”
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.
“It was a difficult weekend from my side,” the Venezuelan began. “I am disappointed because I was expecting something more from the race. We had a great strategy, but after a good start I was in the middle of the track and got a bit unlucky, caught up in cars fighting ahead. I locked up and couldn't stop the car on the dirty side of the track at Turn 6.
“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.