Time to say Goodbye: Bruno Senna

5 Feb

So how was his F1 career?

Bruno started out in Formula 1 in 2010 with HRT, but it wasn’t a the type of debut season a driver dreams of, HRT’s car was a cut below the rest and the car could be relied upon to prop up the grid. Sadly at the end of the season it looked like Senna’s F1 career was over before it had even began he wasn’t offered another drive and HRT had a complete rehaul of it’s drivers. But as luck would have it he was asked to replace Nick Heidfeld at Lotus for the second half of the 2011 season, but despite a promising debut at Spa (where he qualified 7th) fans were rarely treated to that level of driving his only points coming in Italy where he finished 9th. Despite the performances over the previous two years Bruno found himself at Williams for the 2012 season and it was 2012 where he really started, over last season he was regularly in the points and scored much more consistently than Pastor Maldonado, despite this Williams decided to keep Pastor Maldonado for this season and as a result Senna has left F1.

Is Bruno Senna in some way related to the great Ayrton Senna, and if so was it a help or a hinderance?

Yes he is, Bruno is Ayrton’s nephew, and despite what you’d think it was definitely a hinderance with Bruno not being allowed to race cars until the age of 21 (this is very late for an F1 driver).

Would it be fair to say he’s only where he is because of his uncle?

No although his famous uncle has definitely increased the financial backing behind Bruno he definitely has a lot of talent finishing 2nd in the 2008 GP2 (a race formula renowned as being F1’s recruiting yard).

What is Bruno going into now?

Bruno has recently signed for Aston Martin’s WEC (world endurance championship) team and will compete in iconic events such as the Le Mans 24 hours and the Sebring 12 hours. This isn’t new ground for Bruno, he competed in the same championship in 2009 with Team Oreca Matmut and was twice on the podium over the 4 events he competed in. With his impressive CV lots will be expected of Senna this season and I hope he doesn’t disappoint.

Out of 10 what would you give Senna’s 2010-2012 F1 career?

7 He definitely had talent but it took a few years to find it.


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