Even if Senna performs well, he is bound to relinquish his seat to Valtteri Bottas. Senna joined the team relatively late, and during the time he was negotiating with the ex-Renault team, Bottas was already a front-runner for the Williams seat against Rubens Barrichello, Adrian Sutil, and Giedo van der Garde. Once it became apparent that Bottas did not have the money necessary to graduate to Formula 1, he was retained as the team’s reserve (Maldonado was already confirmed for a second season with Williams at this time). Frank Williams announced a greater role for Bottas, including all of these practice sessions, and, he hinted, some grand prix appearances towards the end of the year. Even if Maldonado does not beat Senna in terms of points and performance, his seat is still safe due to his substantial backing. It is apparent that Williams is itching to put Bottas in the car, so the big loser in all of this will be Bruno.
Still, Senna carries considerable backing from major companies such as OGX, Gillette, Santander, and Embratel. The last two sponsors may help him buy his way into Kobayashi’s Sauber seat (due to the Santander-Ferrari connection and the Embratel-Telmex connection) if Perez leaves and is replaced by Esteban Gutierrez. If, however, Perez stays and is joined by countryman Gutierrez, Senna will have to shop elsewhere, perhaps purchasing Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India seat (assuming di Resta leaves and is replaced by Jules Bianchi).