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GP Week : Issue 25
> F1NEWS> Singapore making drivers uncomfortable TOYOTA driver Jarno Trulli has divulged that there are fears over the safety of the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place between the 26 and 28 September. Trulli, a prominent member of the GPDA, told journalists in Valencia that, as a driver, he was concerned with the prospect of racing at night and on an unknown track. “At the moment we still don’t know what the schedule of the weekend will be,”he said. “I believe I can talk as a GPDA member but also as a race driver: we are a little bit concerned. We go there, we haven’t tested, we don’t have any idea. It’s going to be a night race, it’s going to be the rainy season, so it’s not exactly what you really want from a safety point of view.” The 2008 MotoGP season opened with a night race in Qatar, but Trulli confirmed he had not spoken to any of the riders about their experiences. “No, because riding a bike is different to driving a car. But nevertheless they were racing on a circuit and we are racing on a street circuit. They had run off and we have walls. And if it rains, it’s in the night and everything gets more complicated. It doesn’t look comfortable so far.” New F1 options for Senna? Bruno to BMW rumours run hot in Valencia THE rumour mill surrounding Bruno Senna’s move to Formula 1 refuses to slow down, with two new stories doing the rounds in Valencia. The first rumour stated that Senna was on the verge of signing some type of deal with BMW- Sauber. It is understood that this agreement would simply be by way of an option for the Brazilian to join the F1 team as its test driver in 2009, should he not find a suitable offer of a race seat elsewhere. The expectation would then be for Senna to step up to a race seat in 2010. The Brazilian told GPWeek at the Hungarian Grand Prix earlier in August that he hoped to land a race seat in Formula 1, as his learning curve in the sport is steep having started comparatively later in life than his rivals, and that a testing role could hamper his progression. The second rumour was slightly simpler and stated that he had all but inked a deal which would take him to Scuderia Toro Rosso as one of their race drivers in 2009, after team co-owner Gerhard Berger had managed to convince Team Principal Franz Tost of the Brazilian’s merits. Senna, however, remains coy over his future. “Yeah I’ve been hearing that story as well … oh dear …”he laughed when GPWeek quizzed him over the alleged BMW arrangement. When asked about the Toro Rosso deal, he replied: “No it’s all lies. All bullshit.”