Senna hopeful of strong Singapore performance

By on Monday, September 17, 2012

Senna has raced in Singapore twice: for HRT in 2010 and for Renault, above, in 2011.

Williams driver Bruno Senna has said that he is targeting a top ten performance at this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

The Brazilian finished in the points in the Italian Grand Prix during a weekend where Williams struggled. He is, however, optimistic that the nature of the Marina Bay Street Circuit will suit the FW34.

"Singapore should suit our car because it’s a high downforce and load circuit and that’s where the car feels at home the most", he said.

"Of course it’s hard to judge where we will be as others teams are improving all the time, but if we can score points in Monza then we should be looking to get further into the top ten in Singapore"

"I had a good performance there last year as well so that always gives you a boost before a race."

Spanish Grand Prix winner Pastor Maldonado, who has not scored a point since that triumph, agreed with his team mate.

"The track requires high downforce which is good for us and it’s similar to Barcelona in terms of aerodynamics so this should be a track where we can show the potential of our car", he said.

Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan emphasised that the race will be "physically demanding race for both driver and car".

"The circuit is extremely severe on brakes and due to the hot ambient temperatures we will be required to open the bodywork for engine cooling".

"Aero wise we run near the maximum down-force level and from a set-up perspective you have to be mindful of the harsh kerbs. Finally the weather is difficult to track in Singapore and heavy rain is always a possibility", he said.

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