Senna expected Bottas to be promoted
28 November 2012 – Bruno Senna has admitted that he expected Valtteri Bottas to claim his Williams race seat for the 2013 campaign, with the Brazilian having to give up his car for 15 Friday practice sessions this season. Despite losing his place at the historic team, the 29-year-old is not holding any ill-feelings towards his former employers.
"Since the beginning of my programme with Williams I accepted that I had to share the car with Bottas in 15 Fridays as a part of his preparation for a likely debut in 2013," said Senna. "It has been extremely satisfying to be the team's most regular point scorer and for me to demonstrate my pace in all 20 races.
Senna went on to explain that he has 'improved considerably' as a driver, with 2012 marking his first full year in the sport after spells at HRT and Lotus.
"I have learned a lot and improved considerably through the season," he added. "I have had a relatively short career so far and feel as though I have come a long way in just a few years. I would like to thank the whole team and particularly Frank for giving me the chance of completing my first full season in F1.
"It has been extremely rewarding to develop the FW34 into a consistently competitive car and cracking the challenge of the tyres has been just one of the satisfying points."
With race drives still to be confirmed at Lotus, Force India, Caterham and Marussia, Senna is remaining positive that he can be a member of the grid in Australia next year.