18 Jan 2012

Bruno Senna to race for Williams this season

6:18 am on 18 January 2012

Brazilian motor racing driver Bruno Senna will race for Williams this season, following in the footsteps of his late uncle and triple world champion Ayrton who died in one of the Formula One team's cars at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

The former champions, who have carried Senna's name on all their cars ever since that fateful May afternoon at Imola, say the 28-year-old will partner Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado.

Senna, who made his F1 debut with the struggling HRT team in 2010 and competed in the last eight races for Renault last year as a stand-in, will start testing with Williams at Spain's Jerez circuit on Feb. 9.

He replaces 39-year-old compatriot Rubens Barrichello, whose Formula One career now appears to be at an end after 19 seasons, 11 race wins and more starts than any other driver.