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Bruno Senna hopes to stay in F1 for a second season in 2011

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Foreigner - Unregistered

August 11, 2010 8:31 AM


It is obvious that you have your "facts" mixed up.

Karun Chandhok is by far the more experienced driver of the two. Senna started his professional career in 2004 while Karun started in 2000 and has many more races under his belt than Bruno.

In my view both have held their own considering the circumstances and would love to see them in a more established team.

RobK - Unregistered

August 11, 2010 11:26 AM

I like Senna - along with Chandok and Di Grassi he has not had the car to show what he can do.

Unlike the days when drivers such as Ayrton (and Steffan Bellof) were able to show great promise in their first year of F1 - nowadays the amount of investment in aerodynamics means that no new team can be competitive.

Put any of them in a Red Bull and they would have won a race and we would all be raving about them.

Similarly put Hamilton or Vettel in an HRT and they would be crap...

The cars need equalising, in my opinion - aerodynamics are way out of control.

Manxie - Unregistered

August 11, 2010 11:36 AM

@Foreigner - (luv that band),

You are right about the experience of the two. To my mind Senna has not been catching my eye as I expected him to. Some rookies, KR, NR, FA, TG in their first season with Minardi, Sauber, Jordan etc. had better starts than Senna.

This is just my opinion and he might still proof me wrong. Having said this, at 26 I don't think he will get anywhere near the likes of a Massa, Truli etc.

IMHO that is...

Ben M - Unregistered

August 11, 2010 12:34 PM

Seems to be some confusion about the photo - it actually is Bruno in the picture and not Ayrton, as you can see there is a website address on his helmet. The internet was virtually unknown during Senna's era. Unless Crash have photoshopped the eyes on, which would just be weird.

Hristo Itchov - Unregistered

August 11, 2010 8:23 PM
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Chandhok outperforming Senna? Ridiculous! Senna was clearly the faster of the two in 90% of the races so far and if you only pay attention to statistics like race results it looks in favor of Chandhok.

Senna's been sometimes as much as half a second quicker than Chandhok and was almost always going ahead of him in races before mechanical problems came into play. For the extremely little experience he has compared to other drivers (he missed 10 years of competitive racing!), he's doing great.

You can't really judge anyone in a car like HRT anyway, so he deserves to have a go in a competitive car. He was excellent in his Honda test if you recall.

Johnny86 - Unregistered

August 12, 2010 5:53 AM

I dissagree with some of the posts here. It is possible to impress in a backmarker car. The biggest e.g is Fernando Alonso. In his 1st yr in minardi a car around 3-4 secs slower than the fastest, he normally was faster than his teammate by 1-2 secs. At one quali 2.6 secs.He was literally praised more than the race winner after finishing 11th or so in Suzuka.I think its harder for a driver to find the limit of these cars because of their bad handling and as such a good driver can make a big difference. But senna unfortunately has not accoplished any such feat as eyecatching though it will be naive to compare him to alonso.

Manxie - Unregistered

August 12, 2010 8:32 AM

I agree with your assessment johnny, clearly Senna has not managed to do that yet. Some people on here praise him and call him quick etc. I haven't seen much evidence of that being the case - yet.

Hristo - how can Senna be 90% faster than Karun when he has, to date, only outqualified Karun 6:3. That would make it 50% faster. Yes, i've double checked the stats and Senna appears to be the faster of the two, also has less experience between the two.

My question still stands: WHY haven't any of the midpack F1 teams given SENNA a drive?

Bobby B - Unregistered

August 12, 2010 9:31 AM

@ Manxie - firstly you need to look at the comparisons you are making here. Comparing Senna in a HRT with the likes of drivers making their debuts in a Jordan, a Sauber, even a Minardi makes little sense. Each of those three teams were highly established and experienced when they gave drivers their debuts. Despite offering midfield to tail end cars they still had the experience and people to guide these drivers and offer a good chance to show driving skills. HRT cannot do that. Simple.

Secondly, I would imagine the reason why no midfield team has picked up Senna is again quite simple. There are barely any seats available for 2011. No other driver have been placed in those seats yet.

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