Williams’ 2012 Formula One campaign ended with a whimper as Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado both crashed out of the Brazilian Grand Prix. Senna almost inadvertently cost Sebastian Vettel a third world title at turn four on the opening lap with the contact wiping the Williams out. The Brazilian driver was sad to see his home race end in such circumstances.
“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…”
Teammate Maldonado only lasted a lap longer before crashing at turn three in the slippery conditions and said there was nothing he could’ve done.
“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.”
Laurent Debout, Renault Sport F1 team support leader was disappointed with the outcome in Brazil but overall was happy with the first year back in collaboration with Williams.
“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.”