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Old 14 May 2012, 19:11 (Ref:3074476)   #1
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Senna/Bottas?

Just read a piece here:
http://motorsport.nextgen-auto.com/B...tas,41877.html
It says Senna isn't looking good for 2013 at Williams, with Bottas likely to replace him.
From the way it's explained it seems perfectly plausible, maybe Senna was just a year stopgap while Bottas matures a little more.
What does anyone else think?
Is the website decent, or are they rubbish?
We certainly know that Sir Frank loves the young Finn, could he have his mind made up already?
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Old 14 May 2012, 19:32 (Ref:3074487)   #2
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If Maldonado proves to be the 'real deal' and Senna doesn't, then who knows what might happen. Senna's abilities will stand or fall on their own merit, regardless of the surname he has.
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Old 14 May 2012, 21:53 (Ref:3074570)   #3
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I would have thought a Bottas to replace Senna story would have been very obvious, even at the start of the year.

As much as Bruno is a genuinely great guy, I just don't think he has it in him to do what Pastor did on Sunday. I think Bottas absolutely could given the car. Maybe he'll get a chance to later this year.
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Old 14 May 2012, 22:22 (Ref:3074593)   #4
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I think this is Senna's big chance and if he doesn't get it this time, that will be it.

Personally I'm not into all this name recognition or nepotism, either they can cut it on their own or they can't. And he really has not shown the signs of being a great. No doubt he can drive an F1, but beyond that, not so sure.

He's a guy that without his family money and connections, plus the name, we would have never heard of him.
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Old 14 May 2012, 23:51 (Ref:3074618)   #5
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Just read a piece here:
http://motorsport.nextgen-auto.com/B...tas,41877.html
It says Senna isn't looking good for 2013 at Williams, with Bottas likely to replace him.
From the way it's explained it seems perfectly plausible, maybe Senna was just a year stopgap while Bottas matures a little more.
What does anyone else think?
Is the website decent, or are they rubbish?
We certainly know that Sir Frank loves the young Finn, could he have his mind made up already?
Mika Salo started all this rumour. He said that Senna isn't F1 material and Bottas should replace him. He said that he spoke with Sir FW about it. It's all fine, just one big problem:money from sponsors.

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really ??????????
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Old 15 May 2012, 07:59 (Ref:3074673)   #6
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To me, it depends on whether Maldonado can prove he isn't just a one hit wonder.

If, IF, Maldonado goes on to score another victory (or two), there's no reason why Williams couldn't net a few handy sponsors who would like to appear on a race-winning car.

IF this does happen, there's a much better chance of seeing someone like Bottas fill in the 2nd seat.

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Old 15 May 2012, 09:39 (Ref:3074704)   #7
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Wonder what the performance triggers are in Senna's contract?
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Old 15 May 2012, 10:07 (Ref:3074715)   #8
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I read that rumour. I would prefer to get a little bit more of the season under our belt before we wright off anyone (apart from Massa!).
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Old 15 May 2012, 12:42 (Ref:3074759)   #9
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It's a good rumour, as good as any other !
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Old 15 May 2012, 13:05 (Ref:3074768)   #10
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I suppose it is.

What I find strange is that Senna hasn't had an awful season, has he?

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Old 15 May 2012, 16:00 (Ref:3074840)   #11
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That's Mika Salo playing his part on the rumour to favour his country mates.
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To me, it depends on whether Maldonado can prove he isn't just a one hit wonder.

If, IF, Maldonado goes on to score another victory (or two), there's no reason why Williams couldn't net a few handy sponsors who would like to appear on a race-winning car.

IF this does happen, there's a much better chance of seeing someone like Bottas fill in the 2nd seat.

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One hit wonder ? If Maldonado goes on to score another victory or two this season, he'll be so red hot that Williams will have little chance of keeping him ! He'll be a prime candidate for Ferrari, Mercedes or Red Bull... maybe even McLaren !
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One hit wonder ? If Maldonado goes on to score another victory or two this season, he'll be so red hot that Williams will have little chance of keeping him ! He'll be a prime candidate for Ferrari, Mercedes or Red Bull... maybe even McLaren !
Wow ! From where are you taking this enthusiasm ? I mean, no doubt it was a flawless performance, but this season is different in many ways, so I can't see just one guy dominating from now on.
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Wow ! From where are you taking this enthusiasm ? I mean, no doubt it was a flawless performance, but this season is different in many ways, so I can't see just one guy dominating from now on.
I agree. I was responding to the point if he won more GPs this year. In other words, in a year when most are finding the challenge of F1 more difficult than ever to master, a three time GP winner so early in his career would certainly be something special... don't you think ?
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I agree. I was responding to the point if he won more GPs this year. In other words, in a year when most are finding the challenge of F1 more difficult than ever to master, a three time GP winner so early in his career would certainly be something special... don't you think ?
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