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Senna to get first Formula One test with Honda 03 Nov 2008

Bruno Senna (BRA).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 31 October 2008. © Sutton (L to R): Nick Fry (GBR) Honda Racing F1 Team Chief Executive Officer with Bruno Senna (BRA).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 31 October 2008 Bruno Senna (BRA) iSport International. GP2 Series Rd 1, Race 2, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday 27 April 2008. World ©  Sutton Bruno Senna (BRA) iSport International. GP2 Series Rd 1, Race 1, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday 26 April 2008. World © Sutton

GP2 star Bruno Senna will sample a Formula One car for the first time later this month when he tests for Honda in Barcelona. Honda will assess the Brazilian during their first winter test at the Circuit de Catalunya on November 17-19.

Senna’s tasks will include an initial familiarisation with Honda’s current RA108 car and its systems before progressing to a full programme during which the team will be evaluating his performance, technical skill and ability to work with a large team organisation.

"I am obviously very excited about being given my first Formula One test and to have that opportunity with Honda is a dream come true,” said Bruno, whose late uncle, Ayrton, worked closely with the Japanese company during his F1 career.

“Although I am still only in my fourth year of motor racing, I have wanted to test an F1 car for a very long time and I feel that I am ready for that challenge. I have already spent some time at the factory in Brackley and have enjoyed meeting the team and working with the engineers to prepare for this test. I hope to show the team what I can do, so it's up to me now to do a good job."

Senna, 25, has impressed in the British F3 Championship and GP2 since his first full season in junior motorsport formulae in 2005. He won two GP2 races in 2008 and finished second in the Series.

"We are delighted to provide Bruno with the opportunity to test for us later this month as we continue to explore all the driver options available to us for next season,” said Honda team principal Ross Brawn.

“After an impressive year in GP2 this will be a chance for Bruno to prove that he is ready to make the step up to Formula One. Our objective is to have the best drivers available to us next season and our evaluation of Bruno's performance will be rigorous. We are looking forward to seeing how he performs.

“Over the next two weeks Bruno will be spending a lot of time with us at our Brackley base, working closely with our engineers and on the simulator to ensure he is fully prepared for this important test."

Honda’s 2008 driver line-up comprised Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello. Neither has yet been officially confirmed for 2009.