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Both Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna are itching to head to Suzuka this weekend. Williams is yet to claim a podium finish at the figure-of-eight circuit since Ralf Schumacher finished second with BMW power in 2004.
Now running with Renault-branded engines for the first time since 1997, Maldonado and Senna could pick up what would be the team’s second podium finish of the year.
“I’m really looking forward to getting to Japan this week,” the Venezuelan begins. “I think everyone in the paddock looks forward to this race, as the fans in Japan are some of the best in the world and give us all such a warm welcome.
"I also enjoy the track as it’s one of the historic circuits in Formula 1; there is a good combination of high-speed corners and we run close to the maximum amount of downforce. It’s a great challenge as a driver.”
Senna’s uncle, late triple World Champion Ayrton, twice won at Suzuka and picked up all three of his world titles (1988, 1990 and 1991) at the John Hugenholtz-design track.
“I’m really looking forward to the Japanese Grand Prix,” Bruno comments on Monday. “It’s one of my favourite tracks of the season and it’s very fast and flowing but quite narrow compared to some of the other circuits we visit. It feels amazingly quick and is one of the biggest challenges as a driver. It is similar to Spa-Francorchamps, so it’s a real drivers’ track; it’s always exciting, though, and we have a good potential to be strong there.”
Maldonado, who is still yet to score since winning the Spanish Grand Prix, sits 15th in the standings and just four points ahead of his team-mate.
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