Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Bruno Senna Signs For Williams

Bruno Senna has signed to partner Pastor Maldonado at Williams claims Italy's Autosprint magazine. After months of speculation who will get Rubens Barrichello vacant seat at the British team it now seems a done deal that will be announced later today[17 Jan] or as Autosprint quotes "within the coming days".

Autosprint says the rumour is from trusted sources in Brazil. Senna comes with a substantial EUR14 million in Brazilian sponsorship. Included is OGX, an oil giant headed by billionaire Eike Batista who tweeted last week Senna had got the drive for Williams. The deal also reportedly includes team sponsorship by Brazilian Senna's sponsors Embratel and Gillette.

Ex Force India driver Adrian Sutil had been in contention for the seat, but the reduction in value of his Medion sponsor backing[4 million] "was crucial". Earlier reports suggested Bruno's performances at Lotus last year also helped in tipping the deal in his favour, particularly his 7th place in Belgian GP qualifying.

If the rumours are true which is very likely, Williams will have two drivers that have never been on the podium in Formula 1 and who between them have driven less than three years in Formula 1.

Update: Senna officially confirmed at Williams by the team. Bruno Senna interview by Williams F1 - Bruno Senna Williams Interview: Video

Related: Bruno Senna Spotted At Williams

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