Senna hoping to join 'points-scoring' team
3 December 2012 – Bruno Senna is remaining hopeful over his chances of securing a competitive race seat for the 2013 campaign, despite there being just five full-time places potentially available. With Lotus driver Romain Grosjean expected to extend his contract, a position at Force India appears to be the Brazilian’s main target.
Senna has been left fighting for a drive for the second year running, with Williams opting to promote reserve Valtteri Bottas at the end of the season. However, having achieved ten points finishes in 2012, the 29-year-old is confident that he has demonstrated enough underlying pace to possible employers.
"This year we’ve built a good reputation and image and I think we have a good, strong package so it should be possible to be on the grid next year," Senna, who hails from São Paulo, explained to GPUpdate.net on Monday. "Ideally it would be in a car that is already in the top ten and scoring points regularly.
"Nothing is guaranteed of course and in Formula 1 there are always a million things going on around us, so I’ve just got to keep working out, keep working hard and try to offer a better package than the guys that are fighting for the same positions."
Senna went on to stress the importance of simply remaining in Formula 1 next year, revealing that he must also consider teams making their way up the grid. Although the spare Marussia seat is expected to be claimed by Britain's Max Chilton, there is currently a vacany alongside Charles Pic at Caterham.
"I think you need to understand what the teams are going through and what they’re going to improve on," he said, having started his career with HRT before moving to Renault and Williams. "There are teams still coming up so we’ll have to keep the options open. Being in F1 is the only way to continue in F1 in the future."
Reflecting on his first full season in the sport with Williams, Senna says he was pleased with the results he achieved despite missing 15 Friday practice sessions.
"It was a good learning year for me," he added. "For sure it was quite tough, but at the end of the year I had much better knowledge of the car and the tyres. It was definitely one of those years. Having missed most of the first practice sessions was pretty tough, but I made the most of the opportunities and I’m pretty happy with what I achieved in quite a few races.
"I scored points from sometimes very poor starting positions on the grid, so it feels pretty good. Unfortunately I didn’t score more points from where I started but some races were very thrilling and very exciting and I think we deserve a bit of credit for that."