Wolff rubbishes Senna axe reports

Toto Wolff has rubbished suggestions Williams might soon replace Bruno Senna with the team’s rising reserve driver Valtteri Bottas. Finnish commentator Mika Salo last weekend said that, following an interview with Sir Frank Williams, he sensed the team was thinking about ousting Senna in favour of 22-year-old Finn Bottas “this season”.

“That story is bulls***,” Wolff, who is not only a 15 per cent Williams shareholder but also Bottas’ manager, told Austria’s Sportwoche.

The reports, however, sounded credible, given Brazilian Senna’s recent struggle at the wheel of the FW34, which in the hands of Pastor Maldonado won from pole in Barcelona.

“Right now we need to get behind Bruno and support him,” Wolff insisted. “Let’s not mess up our strategy. We have a job to do and we’ll keep doing it,” he said.