Formula one’s elder statesman, Rubens Barrichello is seeking a new contract with Williams beyond the end of 2011. The evergreen 39 year old tweeted recently “If Williams were to give me a two year contract I would sign it today”.
The team’s reluctance to offer Barrichello a new deal could be down their current economic position, which could see them seek out another driver who comes with corporate backing. Speculation is mounting on who could join Pastor Maldonado next year with GP2 star Giedo van der Garde, Adrian Sutil and Bruno Senna are all believed to be in contention.
After Williams announced they were rekindling their partnership with engine supplier, Renault, the most successful period in the team’s history, The prospect of the Senna name being reunited with the team would be an exciting proposition. It was Sir Franks team that gave his late uncle, Ayrton Senna, his first taste of F1 machinery in 1983. 11 years later, Senna finally signed for the Grove based squad but the partnership the world was waiting for was cut tragically short when Senna lost his life at the San Marino Grand Prix.
Seeing Bruno’s name associated with Williams, I can’t help but feel there’s an air of inevitability of two of the most decorated names in Formula 1 once again joining forces. When Damon Hill won the British Grand Prix in 1994, he won the one race that had eluded his father, Graham throughout his 18 year F1 career. The same feeling of unfinished business surrounds Williams and Senna, I for one would love to see the two brought together, although not under the teams current plight. 2012 is the start of the fight back for Williams, a fight that could define the future of the team. I’m sure Senna would be an attractive prospect for the team with or without the Millions he brings with him, but if they do need to hire another ‘pay driver’, I hope Senna gets the nod.