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Bruno Senna
Bruno Senna Williams
Born 15 October 1983
São Paulo, Brazil
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Formula One World Championship career
Years Active 2010-2012
Team(s) Hispania, Renault, Williams
First Grand Prix 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
Wins 0
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 1
Podiums 0
Career Points 33
Final Grand Prix 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

Bruno Senna Lalli (born 15 October 1983 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian professional racing driver and the nephew of the late three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna. His mother is Ayrton's older sister, Viviane. Senna made his Formula One début in 2010, driving for Hispania Racing. He moved to Renault in 2011, replacing Nick Heidfeld as a driver from August of that year, and then in 2012 he signed to the Williams team.

BiographyEdit

Pre-Formula OneEdit

Born in São Paulo, he was first taught the skills of motor racing by his grandfather Milton da Silva at the age of five. As a child, Bruno raced go-karts against Ayrton on the family farm, and Ayrton regarded his nephew's potential very highly. When leaving McLaren at the end of 1993, Ayrton said: "If you think I'm fast, just wait until you see my nephew Bruno". Ayrton's death while driving a Williams at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, however, brought Bruno's own racing career to an abrupt halt. Despite these setbacks including the death of his father in a motorbike accident in 1996, Senna's mother Viviane had reluctantly backed her son's interest in motor racing.

In 2004, Bruno competed in six races of the Formula BMW UK series for Carlin Motorsport, scoring six points. In 2005, he moved on to the British Formula Three International Series, driving for the Räikkönen Robertson Racing. His results included three podium finishes in the last seven races of the season, as he finished tenth in the final standings. In October 2006 Senna was said to be targeting a seat on the Formula One grid by 2009.

He signed to drive for the Red Bull-sponsored Arden International team for the 2007 GP2 Series. He finished fourth on his debut at Bahrain and soon after scored his first win in the feature race in Spain. This was a positive season on the whole for Senna finishing in the top 10 in only his third full year of single seater racing, with one win and three podiums. Senna switched teams for the 2008 season, moving to iSport International, where his team-mate was Karun Chandhok. He also drove for the team in the 2008 GP2 Asia Series. He was to eventually finish runner-up in the championship to Giorgio Pantano.

After testing an Oreca LMP1 car, Senna joined the team to race the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Le Mans Series. His first race was the 2009 1000 km of Catalunya, teamed with Stéphane Ortelli, finishing 3rd.

Formula OneEdit

2008 - 2009Edit

Bruno Senna sampled a contemporary Formula One car for the first time in November 2008 when he tested for Honda in Barcelona. Honda assessed the Brazilian during their first winter test at the Circuit de Catalunya on November 17–19. His tasks included an initial familiarisation with Honda's RA108 car and its systems before progressing to a full programme during which the team intended to evaluate his performance, technical skill and ability to work within a large team organisation.

Despite, over the course of the three day test, coming to within 0.3 seconds of then Honda F1 racing driver Jenson Button, the later announcement that Honda would withdraw from Formula One with immediate effect amid the economic crisis appeared to have significantly lessened Senna's opportunity of a 2009 race seat in Formula One, unless the squad were to find a buyer before the beginning of the season in March. Senna was expected to be the team's second driver were it to make the 2009 grid, until Rubens Barrichello was reported to have re-signed with the team. He also told the BBC he had been negotiating with Manor GP, Campos Meta and one existing outfit rumoured to be Brawn GP as he was close to securing a drive the previous season but Barrichello renewed his contract with Brawn.

2010Edit

On 30 October 2009, Senna announced that he had signed a deal to race in Formula One in 2010; on 31 October 2009, Adrián Campos confirmed that Senna would be driving for Campos Meta. It was unclear whether Senna still had the drive after the takeover of Campos by José Ramón Carabante. On March 2, Campos announced a name change to Hispania Racing. Two days later, Karun Chandhok was confirmed as Senna's team-mate.

Sennas retired in two of the first eight races of the season, only finishing in Malaysia and China. After nine races, Senna was replaced for the British Grand Prix, with Sakon Yamamoto filling his seat. Senna returned to the driver's seat for the German Grand Prix with Yamamoto replacing Chandhok in the team's other car. At round seventeen in Korea Senna recorded his highest finish for the team with a 14th place.

Senna finished the season in 23rd place in the championship with no points scored. On 7 January 2011, HRT announced that Senna would not drive for them during the 2011 season.

2011Edit

On 31 January 2011, Senna was announced as a test and reserve driver for the Renault team. On 9 February, the team confirmed that Senna would be sharing testing duties with Nick Heidfeld on the Saturday and Sunday of the four-day test at Jerez. This was to evaluate the drivers in preparation of replacing the injured Robert Kubica for the 2011 season. Heidfeld was given the race seat on 16 February 2011. On 24 July 2011, after the conclusion of the German Grand Prix, it was confirmed that Senna would make his first appearance of the 2011 season, replacing Heidfeld in the first free-practice session at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

On 22 August, Eddie Jordan reported that Senna would replace Nick Heidfeld for the remaining races of the 2011 season. On 24 August this was confirmed by Renault. He qualified seventh for his first race with the team, the Belgian Grand Prix, and finished 13th after colliding with Jaime Alguersuari at the first corner, for which Senna received a drive-through penalty. He finished ninth at the Italian Grand Prix, scoring his first Formula One points. In Singapore, the Renault cars struggled with grip on the slow street circuit, with Senna qualifying and finishing 15th, however he still finished ahead of teammate Petrov. Senna finished 16th in Japan, 13th in Korea, and 12th in the first Indian Grand Prix. In Abu Dhabi, Senna again finished 16th after receiving a drive-through penalty for ignoring blue flags, and suffering a KERS failure. In the final race of the season, his home race in Brazil, Senna outqualfied Petrov for the third time, by starting ninth on the grid. On lap 10 of the race, Senna was involved in a collision with Michael Schumacher, for which Senna received a drive-through penalty, and finished the race in 17th place.

Senna finished the season in 18th place with a toal of 2 points. On 9 December, it was announced that Romain Grosjean would partner Kimi Räikkönen at the team in 2012, leaving Senna without a drive.

2012Edit

On 17 January 2012, Senna was confirmed as a Williams driver, where he was partnered by Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado. As his uncle had been racing for Williams at the time of his death, Senna first sought out his family's blessing before joining the team.

Senna qualified 14th for the Australian Grand Prix, and retired in the race's closing stages after contact with Felipe Massa; both drivers later agreed that it was a racing incident. He was classified 16th, having completed around 90% of the race distance. On 25 March, Senna scored his first points for Williams at the Malaysian Grand Prix, finishing in sixth place, for which he earned eight points after coming through the field in changeable conditions. Senna's result in Sepang gained more points for the team than Williams had earned throughout the whole of the 2011 season. Five races later, Maldonado won his first Grand Prix in Spain as Senna retired in a collision with Michael Schumacher. After the race, a fire broke out in the Williams garage. Senna's car was damaged and four crew members were treated for injuries.

In Europe Senna picked up a drive through penalty after a collision with Kamui Kobayashi, the damage from the collision and the penalty dropped Senna to 22nd and last, Senna finished the race in 11th which became 10th after teammate Maldonado was given a 20-second time penalty after a collision with Lewis Hamilton. In Britain, Senna qualified 15th after he had to slow in his last lap as Romain Grosjean spun in the last corner, he started 13th after grid penalties and after a strong start finished the race in 9th. At the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix Senna scored the first fastest lap of his career after a late puncture dropped him from 8th place to 12th place. Senna finished the season 16th in the Championship on 31 points but was dropped by Williams for 2013 in favour of Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas on 28 November 2012.

Helmet designEdit

Bruno Senna's helmet is a modified version of his uncle's helmet design: a yellow helmet with a green and blue S shaped stripe. The green stripe has a blue and white outline, while the blue stripe has a green and white outline. There is a green stripe under the chin area and a blue rounded rectangle in the top area.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
2010 Hispania Racing F1 Team Hispania F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 BHR
Ret
AUS
Ret
MAL
16
CHN
16
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
TUR
Ret
CAN
Ret
EUR
20
GBR GER
19
HUN
17
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
SIN
Ret
JPN
15
KOR
14
BRA
21
ABU
19
23rd 0
2011 Lotus Renault GP Renault R31 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN TUR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN
TD
BEL
13
ITA
9
SIN
15
JPN
16
KOR
13
IND
12
ABU
16
BRA
17
18th 2
2012 Williams F1 Team Williams FW34 Renault RS27-2012 2.4 V8 AUS
16
MAL
6
CHN
7
BHR
22
ESP
Ret
MON
10
CAN
17
EUR
10
GBR
9
GER
17
HUN
7
BEL
12
ITA
10
SIN
18
JPN
14
KOR
15
IND
10
ABU
8
USA
10
BRA
Ret
16th 31

Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Senna
  2. http://www.statsf1.com/en/bruno-senna.aspx

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