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Senna crash in training: Williams with a lack of spare parts

Senna crash during training
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D he Williams mechanics swear softly. Another night shift is due. Bruno Senna slipped in a puddle on the corner of the Chapel. This is the last left bend in Becketts Passage that leads into the hangar straight. The FW34 is scrap after the heavy crash barrier.

Production department at Williams is running at full speed

Team manager Dickie Stanford counts: 'Wings front and rear. Front suspension on the left, both suspensions at the rear.' Technology coordinator Mark Gillian smiles pained: 'Fortunately, the wings were of the old specification. The new ones were only available at Maldonado.' Scoffers said: a good decision.

But you can never be sure about Pastor Maldonado either. The Venezuelan has had six accidents with property damage so far. Bruno Senna increased his claims account to eight accidents with outside contact. In the production department of Williams the lights are no longer going out because of the two crash pilots.

A technician reveals: 'We are short of gears and suspension parts. The fire in Barcelona didn't help either. The chassis that is in the garage was still intact, but the rest of it was destroyed in flames. '

Do the crash pilots hinder them Vehicle development?

The high demand for materials at Williams recently delayed the development of the car. Production was too busy providing spare parts or repairing damaged components. At Williams one is slowly wondering whether it was wise to rely on Paydriver. 'It was a financial necessity,' defends co-owner Toto Wolff.

In the case of Pastor Maldonado, that may be true. When someone brings in $ 32 million, you stop asking questions. With Bruno Senna, however, doubts are in order. The Brazilian is said to have $ 13 million in his luggage. He has already cold worked a respectable part of it. The accident in the second training session was completely unnecessary. Timo Glock said about the scene of the accident. 'There is always water there. You know what to expect there.'

Substitute driver Valtteri Bottas will be ready

If Williams is eighth instead of fourth in the constructors' position at the end of the year -WM lands, then Senna's 13 million are quickly used up. Meanwhile, voices are increasing that Senna is on the brink.

You just had to look into Frank's facesWilliams and Toto Wolff watched as the scene of Senna's accident flickered across the screens. That was a grave digger mood. Who could replace Senna in a hurry? The logical choice would be substitute driver Valtteri Bottas. The 22-year-old Finn drove seven laps in morning practice. Incidentally, he fell by the wayside.


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