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GP Week : Issue 55
5 MINUTES WITH ... Bruno Senna Le Mans, driving his Uncle’s McLaren MP4/4, and trying to secure a 2010 F1 ride ... it’s been a busy few weeks for Bruno Senna. He spoke toWILL BUXTON GPWEEK: Bruno, we’re speaking to you from America. Where are you and what are you doing? BRUNO SENNA: I’m in Miami, having some time off and waiting for the mess in Formula 1 to resolve itself so that I can manage to have some productive chats with people. Obviously there’s lots of talk at the moment surrounding Toro Rosso and a vacant drive there. You were linked with them over the winter. Are you talking to the team right now? No. I think it’s a bit too late now for moving to F1 in 2009. It would do more harm than good to jump in with no testing. It’s better to wait and do things properly for next year. So how are things going? You were in Silverstone but it was a fairly political weekend. Are you talking with new and existing teams? Yeah, we’re speaking to quite a few of the teams, with relationships we made last year. We have some really good contacts. Also within the new teams we have some good contacts. It’s just ticking along right now. We’re waiting for the political side of Formula 1 to resolve itself a little bit because it’s quite messy. But, you know, its just a question of being at the right place at the right time. We’re trying to give ourselves the best chance we can get and trying to focus on the right opportunities this time. You did the Le Mans 24 Hours. How was that for you? It was an experience! It’s very, very tough: much tougher than anyone could ever imagine before doing it. I was a bit surprised by the level of competition when you’re new to the track, new to the conditions, and the night racing which can be quite stressful. I had a really tough learning curve. It was a good experience for me and I really have to thank the guys at Oreca for giving always 100 percent and I really want to, maybe in the future, go back again. But we have to see how it goes with Formula 1. How different was it to what you’d done before? It’s just such a different point of view from where you’re standing when you go into the race and after six hours there’s still 18 hours left! It seems like it never ends and you just go round and round and you see things happening, people having problems. The most important thing is never to panic, have a reliable car and not make any mistakes. It is interesting, difficult with the traffic especially at night, and definitely good fun. It’s a very tough race. A couple of weeks ago you were at Goodwood and drove your Uncle’s McLaren MP4/4. How good was that? It was amazing. It’s always great to drive Ayrton’s cars, but that one was just an amazingly high powered engine and you get such a great feeling from driving such a special car in which he won his first World Championship. There were quite a few big emotions there, first from a relative’s point of view and then from a driver’s point of view of driving with 1200 horsepower. With no full-time racing right now, are you managing to stay fit and focussed? Yeah. I’m taking this year as a good year to improve my fitness training. At the end of last year I was already fit enough for F1 but there’s no harm done in being extra fit. This year I’m just taking my time, training with more time, training with more consistency and it’s good because it’s better for injury as you can train slowly and increase your level gradually. So I’m feeling good and I’m ready to go. 0