Q&A with Renaults Bruno Senna 25 Aug 2011
Ahead of his Formula One race return with Renault in Belgium this weekend, Bruno Senna talks to the teams press office about what is set to be a rather special three days for the Brazilian at Spa
Q: What was your reaction when you heard the news?
Bruno Senna: I was very happy, no doubt about it. I also felt very nervous at the prospect of getting into the car as a race driver again, as its not often you get an opportunity with a team of this stature. Ive had some good opportunities with the team already this season - driving in Jerez in February, doing some aero-testing and also driving during the Friday practice in Budapest. I will put my whole heart into this new opportunity, and Im looking forward to racing in a good car. Im confident Ill be able to provide the team with a good result at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Q: The combination of the yellow helmet and black and gold car will bring back a lot of memories for people
BS: Yes, people will of course remember the look from Ayrtons days. It really is going to be quite special for me. Racing at Spa, a black and gold car, the yellow, green and blue helmet - wow, its quite a combination. If you put these elements together, it really is quite amazing - it has all come together very nicely indeed.
Q: Youre a self-confessed lover of Spa-Francorchamps, so it must be a great place to start
BS: Absolutely, Spa is at the very top of my list; its my favourite circuit and a great place for me to start a race behind the wheel of the R31. Its a long track, which offers all sorts of challenges and brings out the best in drivers; it really tests a drivers skills to the limit so Im hoping to put in a strong performance there.
Q: Whats your relationship like with the history of the Senna name?
BS: I got used to dealing with it at the very beginning. The Senna name is a reason for me to take great pride; Im really very proud to be related to Ayrton. Its a great inspiration for me to have the surname, and thinking about him and his career always provides fond memories for me. The pressure is there, the demand is there, and the comparisons will always be there. But, at the same time, it has always been that way so Ive learned how to cope with it and it has made me a more complete driver. Having the name has been both an opportunity and a hard learning curve for me, but its very important and a great inspiration. Since I set out, its always been important for me to be my own man, to make sure that I wasnt trying to be Ayrton or compare myself to him. I know that if I can be myself, and be good enough, then I can be a successful driver.
Q: Youve had a great level of support from the fans even as a third driver - will that be taken to a new level now youre behind the wheel?
BS: I have to thank the fans for giving me such support and for believing in me. It is fantastic of the fans to continue giving me a great level of support, even when I havent been racing, and Im very appreciative of that. Now I have an opportunity to prove them right, and I hope Spa will provide a catalyst to a long and prosperous career with LRGP (Lotus Renault Grand Prix).
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