Bruno Senna

Williams driver 2013
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M ith the name Senna you can hardly avoid a career in motorsport. The name can open many doors, and at the same time it is a burden. Because of the death of his famous uncle in an accident in 1994, Bruno Senna renounced motorsport for a long time. It wasn't until the age of 20 that the Brazilian itched.

In doing so, he took the same path as his uncle. Without ever having driven a race in Brazil, he went to England. Without the usual years of karting apprenticeship, Senna first tried his luck in Formula BMW. Gerhard Berger, who has been a friend of the family for many years, gave him his place in the cockpit. After considerable achievements, Senna finally decided to start his racing career professionally and to compete in the British Formula 3 series in 2004.

Bruno Senna learns quickly

With a tenth place overall, several podium places and a second Place at the famous Macau season finale, Senna was also able to quickly convince critics of his racing maturity. After two more years in British Formula 3, in which Senna also went through periods of weakness, he finally switched to the Formula 1 junior series GP2 in 2007.

Already in the second race he clinched a victory for his Arden team . However, the initial soaring should not be followed by any success in the premiere season. Senna had to be content with eighth place in the overall standings. The second attracted even more attention than his first victory: In 2007, the nephew won where his uncle celebrated the greatest successes - in Monaco. At the end of the season he only had to admit defeat to the Italian Giorgio Pantano. Senna was ready to step into Formula 1.

First Formula 1 tests for Honda

But it shouldn't be that fast. There was nothing more than test drives for the Honda team. Senna negotiated with Honda's successor Brawn, but the team finally decided on the experienced Rubens Barrichello. As the 2009 Formula 1 season was supposed to show, Senna barely missed the world championship car.

In the end, the DTM didn't work either, although Senna not only negotiated intensively with Mercedes but even invited them to test drives. Instead of Formula 1 and DTM, the youngster finally drove in the Le Mans Series for Team Oreca in 2009. Although the sympathetic Brazilian could not boast of fame here, the Spanish Formula 1 newcomer Hispania secured his services at the end of the year.

But the first season for the rookie was disappointing. The new Formula 1 racing team fought for survival from the start. Senna had to skip the tests and wasThrown into deep water in Bahrain. With many technical defects and the uncompetitive car, the drivers had no chance to show their potential.

It was clear to Senna that in 2011 he would have to find somewhere else. Since the best cockpits were quickly occupied, he gave up his job as the third driver at Lotus-Renault. When regular Robert Kubica dropped out after a rally crash, the team management initially promoted Nick Heidfeld to regular driver. Bruno Senna was only allowed into the cockpit after the summer break. At the second outing in Italy he finally got his first World Cup points.

However, the Brazilian lacked consistency until the end of the season. There were no more top ten results. All the more surprising came the announcement of the commitment by Williams in January. Senna Junior finally wants to show his potential at the traditional racing stable from Grove, where Uncle Ayrton drove.

(Status: 01/2012)


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