Bruno Senna has said that he is ‘resigned’ to ex-Honda F1 team principal Ross Brawn having chosen Rubens Barrichello for the second seat in his new-look team. The Brazilian is reported to be disappointed by the decision, which has yet to be confirmed, but would see Barrichello partner Jenson Button for the 2009 season. But Senna said that because he had been led to believe the seat was his, he had not considered other career options.
“I’m kind of resigned to leaving this project behind and looking for another, but I’m just a little upset that, because this situation has dragged on for so long, it has cost me other good possibilities,” the nephew of Ayrton Senna told Brazilian newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo.
The 2008 GP2 runner-up acknowledged that he would have to lower his sights, but maintained that he fully intended to enter F1 sooner rather than later.
‘Anything I do now will be like taking a step backwards, but the important things if for me to keep F1 as my priority, my next step. I will do everything I can to return,” he stated.
Senna was thought to be a candidate for the Honda seat because of his strong performances and natural speed, but also because of his name and potential sponsorship connections. However, team principal Ross Brawn appears to have favoured the experienced Barrichello in a season where knowing how to set a car up – especially with slick tyres – may be very useful.
“Ross Brawn clearly wants Rubens and I want to be with a team that wants me,” acknowledged Senna.