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Bruno Senna

Bruno SennaFull name: Bruno Senna Lalli
Date of birth: 15/10/1983
Place of birth: São Paulo

First race: 2010 Bahrain GP
Current team: HRT
Current car number: 21

Highest championship position: n/a
Highest race finish: n/a
Podiums: n/a
Career points: 0
Highest grid position: n/a
Fastest laps: n/a

Early years

Bruno began in karts at the age of five. But when he was eleven his uncle Ayrton was killed behind the wheel of his Formula One car, and the Senna family halted Bruno’s racing career.

The return

It wasn’t until almost a decade later, at the age of 21, that Bruno’s racing ambitions were clear to his family. A year later in 2004 Senna made his first race start in the British Formula BMW Championship and scored a best result of 6th.

Formula 3

2005 saw Senna move to the British Formula Three International Series where he drove for Raikkonen Robertson Racing. In his rookie year he ended the season tenth with several podium finishes but without a race win.

2006 saw a marked improvement with Senna winning the first two races of the series. In total he collected five victories and finished 3rd in the standings.

GP2

The shift to GP2 meant his dream of reaching F1 was becoming more and more realistic. Racing for Arden International in 2007, Senna showed he had the pace but at time struggled and had his fair share of car troubles, but he managed a win at Spain.

The next year Senna was to switch teams to iSport International (he also drove for them in the Asia series). He would finish the year 2nd in the standings and would achieve two victories.

Le Mans

An opportunity of a race seat arose in 2009 (possibly at the new Brawn GP team) but when this did not materialise Senna was left  looking for a drive to keep him busy until he could have a chance at poaching an F1 cockpit again.

He joined Oreca Le Mans team and would finish 3rd .

F1

Senna gained a test in 2008 with Honda, this at least gave him some experience (he came within three tenths of Button’s time) even if he could not secure a drive with the team. When Honda pulled out of the sport the new team owner Ross Brawn decided to go with experience in Barrichello than take a gamble on young Bruno.

After working hard during the 09 season to secure a drive Senna was announced as driver for new team Campos, but his seat was never secured as the team was struggling financially.

Finally, on early March, just two weeks before the first race of the season, it was announced that shareholder José Ramon Carabante took full control over the team, renaming it HRT F1 – Hispania Racing Team.

Senna has plenty of sponsors to support him especially carrying his surname but the fact that Senna has came so far in his racing career after a ten year gap shows he does have talent, and as his uncle Ayrton did once say:

“If you think I’m fast, just wait until you see my nephew Bruno”

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