Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Senna and Williams Ready to Take on the World Again; Bruno Can't Wait for First Race with the Team His Uncle Was Driving for When He Died by Matt Majendie

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Senna and Williams Ready to Take on the World Again; Bruno Can't Wait for First Race with the Team His Uncle Was Driving for When He Died by Matt Majendie

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Byline: Matt Majendie

BRUNO SENNA was a 10-yearold when he first met Sir Frank Williams but this weekend the Brazilian will drive for the 69-year-old's Formula One team at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Senna was playing in the Interlagos paddock during the build-up to the 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix as his famous uncle Ayrton prepared for his first race with the British manufacturer. Nearly two decades have not dampened the memory.

Bruno recalls: "I remember meeting Frank very clearly. I was only 10 and we didn't talk too much as I didn't really have much English."

Five weeks after meeting the owner for the first time, Ayrton was dead, following an accident at the wheel of a Williams at the San Marino Grand Prix.

As Bruno (below) discovered on his first visit to the team's headquarters in Grove, Oxfordshire, there are others aside from the owner who were working for the team at the time of the tragedy and are still involved.

"I grew up watching Ayrton racing in Formula One, sometimes racing for Williams," he says. "Unfortunately it was a short time but, judging by the people at the factory, he obviously became part of the team.

"It's great to know the respect here at Williams for him and there are so many guys in the factory with stories to tell about Ayrton while he was at the team and they've told me about their experiences. I'm hopeful they can have some other experiences with me."

The idea of the Senna name being back at Williams is mouth watering for the team and F1 fans alike and the outfit would dearly love to replicate the results of their heyday.

Williams, though, are some way shy of their former glories and last won a grand prix at Brazil in 2004, courtesy of Juan Pablo Montoya.

Last year they endured a torrid time finishing ninth in the constructors' championship with five points. Their newest driver, who will team up with Pastor Maldonado in Melbourne after replacing Rubens Barrichello, is confident of a return to their former glories.

"The Williams name brings with it a great responsibility and it would be great to put the team back where they belong," says Senna. …

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