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GP Week : Issue 22
> F1NEWS> enna aiming for F1 race seat Bruno wants an F1 seat after big GP2 weekend BRUNO Senna has spoken of his desire to graduate straight into an F1 race drive in 2009 following a GP2 weekend in which he cut the gap to championship rival Giorgio Pantano with two measured and mature races in which his rivals all faltered. Senna’s name is being mooted for an F1 seat at a number of teams for 2009 following his impressive performances in F1’s feeder category this season. “It’s good that people are taking notice and I don’t think I’m doing too bad a job,”he told GPWeek in Hungary. “There’s still some work to do here [in GP2], and some work to do there [in F1] as well, but now I am focussing on the weekend. I had one of my worst qualifying but one of the best weekends of the year and it’s going to be interesting to see what happens next.” It is rumoured that the Brazilian has a firm offer on the table from Toro Rosso for a race drive in 2009, although Senna’s main sponsor Santander is believed to be unconvinced over such a move. Honda and Williams are also thought to be interested in the Brazilian as a race driver for 2009, with paddock gossip suggesting that whichever of the two teams landed Senna would also benefit from the allegiance of Brazilian fuel company Petrobras, which currently supports Williams. Further rumour also links the Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Brazilian with a testing role at either BMW or Toyota in 2009, leading to a race drive in 2010. “I think for me it would be much more valuable to have a full race seat for the learning experience,” he confirmed. “I need to learn more racecraft, qualifying, those sort of things that you don’t learn in testing. It’s very easy to do a quick lap but very hard to do it in qualifying, so I hope I can get a good opportunity for a race drive if I do a good enough job here.” When asked whether he would prefer to take a race seat at a team lower down the grid rather than a test role at a bigger team, Senna said that much would depend on the contractual situation into which he would be placed: “If there’s a contract that puts me in a very difficult situation in terms of commitment … it all depends on how the contracts are. If a very good team offered me a test drive for a year and a race drive for the next year, that’s a good prospect. But I’d primarily prefer to have a race seat.” Honda Racing F1 Team CEO Nick Fry told GPWeek that Senna was a driver who was on the team’s radar: “We’re looking at a lot of younger drivers,”he confirmed. “There seem to be a lot of people doing a good job [in GP2] and Senna is one of them, and he’s clearly someone we’re keeping an eye on. But there’s been no specific move in that direction.” Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... 11