Brazilian youngster ready to turn on the style in Barcelona interview
Bruno Senna knows he must impress in testing at Barcelona this week if he is to earn himself a race seat in 2009.
Honda have given the 25-year-old an opportunity to prove himself behind the wheel of the RA108 at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya next week, but he will face tough competition for the seat from fellow GP2 star Lucas di Grassi who is also looking to break onto the grid in 2009.
“I will do the best I can and I hope it is enough to earn the seat,” Senna said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It will be up to the team to decide, of course, but I have to do everything I can to show that I have the necessary potential.”
“I have worked hard to prepare, particularly on my neck. A few days ago I was in Brackley to talk with the engineers, and learn the various systems and procedures,” he added.
It has been over fourteen years since Senna’s uncle Ayrton was killed during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, and should Bruno find himself driving for Honda next year it would be a fitting return for the Senna name given Ayrton’s famous relationship with the Japanese manufacturer.
“It would be something special,” Bruno Senna admitted. “I think Ayrton and Honda had such a good relationship because they shared the same values, like dedication to the job.”
The Brazilian added that he was looking forward to working with Honda’s esteemed technical director Ross Brawn, who he met at the Monaco GP earlier in the year.
“I think it is very exciting to work with a man as experienced as successful as he is. I can learn so much.”
Senna had originally been linked to a seat with Toro Rosso in 2009 given his family’s ties to co-owner Gerhard Berger.
But Senna revealed: “Gerhard does not mix personal with business and he would not give me any opportunities if he did not believe that I am good enough.”
With thanks to GMM.net