Williams pleased that Senna’s car withstood impact
6 November 2012 – Williams were relieved to see that Bruno Senna’s car lasted the distance in Abu Dhabi, having been struck by Nico Hülkenberg at the first corner. The Force India driver, who went into retirement, had been squeezed between Senna and Paul di Resta.
Despite the damage, Senna – aided by two Safety Cars - still recovered to a points finish.
“The left-hand side of Bruno's car took a reasonably hard impact, which damaged a number of our sensors and also the bodywork,” explains Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan.“
“The car stood up well to the impact and Bruno's pace was very good, although we had less live telemetry data on which to monitor the car's performance during the race.”
As Senna finished eighth, team-mate Pastor Maldonado was inside the top five. This marked Williams' first double points finish since the Chinese Grand Prix in mid-April.