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Brazilian GP: Double DNF for Williams

Senna Crash

By Williams F1 Team
November 26 2012

The 2012 Brazilian GP would see the Williams F1 team suffering a double DNF with both Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado being involved in crashes that saw the race over for the Williams F1 team by lap three. A great disappointment for the team!

 Williams Brazilian GP Race Review
Senna crash
Race Notes
• It was a disappointing final race of the season for the Williams F1 Team with both cars retiring in the first few laps of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
• After making a good start, Bruno Senna got caught in an unavoidable incident with Sebastian Vettel which resulted in him stopping out on track with damage before the end of lap one.
• Pastor also made a good start from 16th, making up several places on the first lap, but unfortunately lost the back end of his car at Turn 3 bringing the team’s 2012 season to an early conclusion.
• After a competitive season including victory at the Spanish Grand Prix, the team end the season in eighth position in the Constructors’ Championship and now head back to Grove to begin preparations for 2013.
• Congratulations to Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel for winning both Championships.
Pastor Maldonado:  Pastor Maldonado
"We had an excellent start moving up several places but unfortunately I lost the rear of the car at Turn 3. It was a slippery surface and there wasn’t much grip which caught us by surprise at the beginning. There
wasn’t much we could do so we were unlucky today."
Bruno Senna 
Bruno Senna"I had a good start and was racing well but unfortunately I had an incident when Sebastian tried to take the apex and there was nowhere to go. This is racing and sometimes these things happen. I want to take the opportunity to thank the fans who were such a big support at my home Grand Prix as it always makes a big difference."
Mark Gillan Chief Operations Engineer:
Mark Gillan"Both cars had excellent starts getting up into the top 10. Unfortunately  Bruno got hit by Vettel who cut across him on the apex of Turn 4 on the first lap and this stopped the car. Pastor was running in eighth position at the start of the second lap having gained eight positions on the first lap, but hit the wet kerb on the exit of Turn 3 which pushed him off the track and into the tyre barrier prematurely ending his race."
Laurent Debout, Renault Sport F1 team support leader:
"It was a very short and disappointing race for us. All the
same one win and 76 points in our first year of working with Williams is a great start. The relationship has blossomed and the performance shown at the end of the year gives a lot of encouragement for next season. We will go back to Viry and Grove and continue in this vein, expecting to better this in 2013."

Interlagos Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
71 laps, 305.9 kms / 190.1 miles

Weather Mild with light showers
Air : 18 - 19°C Track: 20 - 23°C




Time (Fastest Lap)



J Button

McLaren 1:45:22.656 (1:18.108, 2nd)



F Alonso Ferrari

+ 2.754 (1:18.623, 4th)



F Massa Ferrari

+ 3.615 (1:18.879, 5th)

FW34-02 R275366
Williams F1 Team N/A 16
FW34-03 R275349
Williams F1 Team N/A 11

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