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Bruno Senna’s Fastest Lap in Spa bodes well for rest of season

Bruno Senna takes first Fastest Lap of the season, making a statement at the end of a hard-fought Belgian Grand Prix

It’s no secret that Team Williams driver Bruno Senna has struggled to reach his potential this year. In his third Formula 1™ season, the Brazilian’s best finish was sixth place in Malaysia. He came in seventh in Hungary right before the August break, giving the team a boost of confidence going into the second half of 2012.

In Belgium this past weekend at the historic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Team Williams initially disappointed before ending the 2012 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix on a positive note with Senna piloting the DHL Fastest Lap in the second-to-last lap. After qualifying for 17th place on Saturday, Senna escaped the season’s worst crash in the first turn of the race and looked poised to take some Drivers’ Championship points home, competing at or around eighth place most of the day. A slow tire puncture would ultimately force him to pit late and deny him a top-ten finish. He crossed the finish line in 12th place, 71.529 seconds behind race-winner Jensen Button of McLaren-Mercedes.

But the Brazilian would have the final word, returning to the track to put on a late show of speed and precision. With only one lap to go Senna piloted his Williams-Renault over the 7-km circuit in 1:52.822 to take the day’s fastest lap ahead of Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.

Renault Sport’s Laurent Debout summed up the day for Team Williams when he said: “Losing some points just at the end with Bruno was a tough pill to swallow, but setting the fastest lap of the race bodes well for [the Italian Grand Prix next week].”

As it stands, the 2012 Race for the DHL Fastest Lap is still up for grabs with Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel out in front with 3 fastest laps, followed by Lotus-Renault driver Kimi Räikkönnen with two and a chaser group of seven with one fastest lap apiece (Jenson Button, Kamui Kobayashi, Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez, Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher and now Bruno Senna).

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