MADRID -- Formula One team Williams signed Brazilian driver Bruno Senna to complete its 2012 team lineup on Tuesday, returning the Senna name to the British outfit 18 years after his uncle died in a crash.
Senna, the nephew of three-time F1 champion Ayrton Senna, joined Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado to give the British team an all-South American lineup going into the March 18 opener in Australia.
Ayrton Senna joined Williams from McLaren in 1994 and was fatally injured during a crash at San Marino, only his third race with the team.
"It will be very interesting to drive for a team that my uncle has driven for, particularly as quite a few of the people here actually worked with Ayrton," Senna said in a statement. "Hopefully we can bring back some memories and create some great new ones, too."
Senna served as a test driver for Lotus Renault last season before replacing Nick Heidfeld for the last eight races, scoring two points.
He drove in 18 GPs for Spanish team HRT in 2010.
Senna replaces fellow Brazilian driver Rubens Barrichello, who leaves the team after two seasons in which he picked up a combined 51 points, but only four last year.
Senna will get his first taste of his new drive at the season's first official testing session in Jerez, Spain, with the Sao Paulo native getting behind the wheel on Feb. 9.
"I just want to get the maximum possible out of the car and make the most of this opportunity," Senna said. "It is such an important year for both the team and myself as it will help shape my future. I hope that future will be long and successful, and it all starts here."