F1 » Lotus Renault GP revises Jerez driver line-up

Lotus Renault GP amends its driver line-up for the forthcoming second pre-season F1 2011 group test at Jerez in southern Spain this week - as the search narrows for Robert Kubica's replacement...

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FastNick - Unregistered

February 10, 2011 9:32 AM


In 2008 GP2 Bruno came second in the championship ahead of 9 F1 drivers, Lucas Di Grassi, Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado, Sabastian Buemi, Vitaly Petrov, Karun Chandock, Jerome d'Ambrosio and Kamui Kobayashi and Sakon Ymamoto. that sounds like he needs a chance in a top team to me.


February 10, 2011 9:38 AM

Marius, how can you compare those two? The only real reference points to Senna's ability are Chandhok, Klien and Yamamoto. He had the better of Sakon, was pretty close with Chandhok and outpaced by Klien. Not a disaster but not really that impressive either. Either way, very hard to judge by. I think Renault do think that he has potential for the future, otherwise they wouldn't have hired him. But right now, given the circumstances, he does not come across as what they need, i.e. a lead driver who can regularly score points and podiums if given the right car.

Just Heard - Unregistered

February 10, 2011 10:02 AM

if Senna cannot beat Heidfeld, he,s going nowhere, in saying that , through it would not be a surprise, as Heidfeld knows a top car and the limits, but still he must look at the likes of Heidfelds last team mate and get the job done..

Marius - Unregistered

February 10, 2011 10:32 AM

Sodesu, what I'm thinking is, would Bruno be in F1 had Ayrton not been such a legend? That's just my speculation. However, Bruno reminds me of Sebastian Bourdais who was awesome in Champcar (more than Bruno in GP2) but for some reason, they both struggled in F1. I would hesitate to hire either of them if I were Renault's boss. Potential is only one side of the coin. Drivers like Hamilton, Alonso and Vettel had something special right from the start of their careers and were able to carry this mindset through into F1. That's really all I'm saying.

TED - Unregistered

February 10, 2011 10:40 AM


ebaums - Unregistered

February 10, 2011 10:59 AM

somebody mentioned earlier that BMW Sauber promoted more N Heidfeld than R Kubica which probably is true couse lets face it: most german equipments preferes german drivers but one thing is still unknown: BMW Sauber seemed to work as a 1001% corporation so with its specific 'robot' like rules. That was real picture of their work there and Heidfeld hadn't much to do even as a 'leader'. I think that in BMW times the real leaders were somewhere in Germany working only with some statistics and other bul***its and rely on it so either RK & HN were the victims of this strategy.

Arrows - Unregistered

February 10, 2011 12:29 PM

No, the reason people think Bruno Senna is crap is because of how he fared against his team mates last year. He was only marginally faster than Sakon Yamamoto and was slower than Christian Klien in the few races he did, despite Klien having not raced since 2006 and barely even driven the car before then. Yes he was in the slowest car on the grid but even then you can still compete against your team mate, and in that area Bruno was disappointing

Arnold - Unregistered

February 10, 2011 1:01 PM

Keep in mind that we have a brand new car here with little development. Renault needs someone experienced that can continue to develop the car throughout the season. Neither the reserve drivers nor Petrov can do that. Heidfeld is the logicial choice. He has the experience, he's quick enough to score consistent points and he has Pirelli tire experience.

ONiDRiFt - Unregistered

February 11, 2011 8:08 AM

Senna should be a marketer/advertisers wet dream and they are considering Heidfield instead? Ayrton Senna himself said "if you think I'm fast, wait till you see my nephew". Now, the nephew of the 2nd ALL TIME great (only to MSC), is going to be racing in Renault Lotus in black/gold colors what MORE can lotus or Dany Bahr want (CEO of Lotus)?

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