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GP Week : Issue 6
to those befallen by many Arden drivers since the series’ inception in 2005 when Heikki Kovaleinen would complain of a similar performance plateau after the first round of the series. Bruno also endured a tough GP2 Asia season, now with main series champions iSport. A still unreliable GP2 car (despite this being the fourth season of the technology used within the original GP2 / 05 car) and a few niggling team errors (only changing one of his tyres when in a commanding lead in Dubai) left him fifth in a season in which he should arguably have been fighting for the championship. However, his outlook for 2008 remains positive. “I am really looking forward to it. I think this year is going to be my best opportunity to achieve the results that I want. I think being champion this year is a real prospect, also I have the best car and with one year of experience I know most of the circuits. Obviously GP2 is always super tough but I think with experience and the team we should be able to achieve it.” But what about Bruno Senna … Bruno Senna the 24-year-old guy who lives in London and just so happens to have a very cool job? “To be honest I’m really lazy,” he laughs. “I don’t like going out at night, I prefer staying at home and chilling out, listening to music. Sometimes I go out and get pissed but you know, because of the racing commitments you need to be more centred in your career and not with a bunch of other stuff. But I’m just like anyone else. I like going out with friends and sometimes having some fun with some alcohol. Just normal. I’m 24 years old, and I don’t know many people my age that drink any less than me. I’m a bit boring.” But he admits that by far one of the greatest influences on his life is his housemate, sister, and manager, Bianca. Never far from his side, her rise to prominence in motorsport has followed his. “This is such a tough world, and I think it’s even tougher to be on the politics side. Being a racing driver, if you don’t have good management and someone who takes care of you and makes the deals then forget it, you’re not going anywhere. “Also this is a man’s world, and being a girl she sometimes faces people who don’t really respect her, so she’s learning to cope with it and she’s getting the better of some pretty big men. “And she kicks my ass! She’s done boxing for two years so I never argue with her. She’s very disciplined, much more than me in fact in certain ways, so she teaches me a lot and keeps me in line. It’s a great relationship.” Bruno Senna, regardless of hyperbole and expectation, is very much his own man, and one who is determined that he, despite the enormous pressure on him to live up to the nigh on mythical status of his Uncle’s reputation, will be judged on his own merits. As he told me when first we met in a conversation which still plays on my mind, it’s not the surname that drives the car … it’s him. 34