• Brazilian Grand Prix

Senna 'excited' to be home

ESPN Staff
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Senna leads Maldonado in America © Sutton Images

For Williams driver Bruno Senna, the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos is a very special place.

Sunday's race marks the third time that Senna has driven in his home grand prix at a venue where his famous Uncle Ayrton triumphed on two occasions, in 1991 when he was stuck in sixth gear for the final two laps and in 1993 when he mastered a rain affected race to beat the superior Williams cars.

"I'm extremely excited to go back home for the final race of the season," said Senna. "Racing at your home Grand Prix always has a different flavour to it and the energy and excitement you get from the crowd is amazing. I've only had the chance to race at home in Formula One twice, but on both occasions the crowd gave me an extra boost. Interlagos is a circuit that most drivers like.

"It's very technical and difficult to get the most out of it so leads to some exciting racing. We've been improving a lot in the last few races and hopefully we can continue that upward trend and get another double points finish here.

Williams, of course, have two South American drivers on the grid this weekend as Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado aims to climb further up the drivers' championship standings. Only 13 points separate Maldonado with 11th placed Kamui Kobayashi and he is aiming for a strong finish to a season that saw him win the Spanish Grand Prix.

"The Brazilian Grand Prix is very special and there's no better place to finish the season," said Maldonado. "The atmosphere is very Latin American and the fans are some of the most passionate and knowledgeable in the world. It's also close to Venezuela so I always see lots of Venezuelan flags around the track and lots of Venezuelan people around Sao Paolo so it feels a bit like a home Grand Prix.

"The whole team will want to finish the season with a strong result and head into the winter with some good momentum."