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GP Week : Issue 37
> F1NEWS> Senna Still Focussed on F1 Future BRUNO Senna has told GPWeek that his sights are still set on a future in Formula 1, after missing out on a 2009 F1 debut with the BrawnGP team. Senna, the 2008 GP2 Series runner-up, had tested for the Honda Racing F1 Team over the winter in the hope of moving up to F1 in 2009, but with Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello retained at BrawnGP and no other F1 options left open this year, the Brazilian has switched his attentions to alternative championships in a bid to maintain his development as a driver. Senna’s first days behind the wheel of a racing car in 2009 came last week in a Le Mans test at Circuit Paul Ricard, where the Brazilian was given the opportunity of driving Oreca’s Courage LC70. “It was a very different experience to anything I’ve done so far,” he told GPWeek. “We worked on things that were different to my single- seater experience such as long runs, using the same set of tyres for an hour or so, maintaining consistency and dealing with traffic ¬– because with the different classifications of car on track it was a bit like an open test at Donington Park from my F3 days.” Having finished runner-up in the 2008 GP2 Series, nothing 10 other than winning the GP2 championship in 2009 would have made sense for the Brazilian, and with all major seats in the championship filled Senna confirmed that, to his mind, endurance racing presented one of the best opportunities for a move to F1 in 2010. “The main objective for the test and negotiations is to go and do the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We’re still looking at the Le Mans Series as well, and now we’re looking at the pros and cons of doing this. But for sure it’s interesting and outside GP2 I think it’s the best preparation for F1 considering that the Series runs mostly on grand prix circuits. “I’d like to thank the guys from Oreca and especially Hughes [de Chaunac, Oreca Team Founder] for giving me the opportunity to test with them. They were satisfied with how the test went, and I was really pleased not just with how the test went but also with the team. They are a really great team, very professional and with a great team spirit and their drivers are very much into team-work rather than just beating each other which is vital for endurance racing. It was very interesting for me and I think everything is moving forward very well. We just have to make sure that this will be the right route to take.” Senna will test for Mücke Motorsport’s DTM Mercedes squad at Hockenheim this week as he continues to weigh up his 2009 options.