F1 » 1 October 2011
Q&A: Bruno Senna, Lotus Renault GP
Bruno Senna: With the updates we have planned for Suzuka we should be strong there, and hopefully will be able to get both cars in the points again – that's where we belong.
Lotus Renault GP driver Bruno Senna looks back on Singapore and ahead to the F1 2011 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Bruno, what was your verdict on the weekend you had in Singapore?
For me personally it was quite a positive weekend. In this latest stage of my learning curve, I managed to cut out any mistakes which is positive. I had a very full programme working with engineers, and the work I'm doing with them is getting better and better. Despite the Marina Bay Circuit not being a track where the R31 is naturally at ease, I was still able to notice an improvement in my relationship with the car, and I feel there is a discernible direction in which we are going. I'm becoming more ingratiated with the team and with the car, which gives me comfort as I look forward to the next race.
Having got three races under your belt, do you feel you are now on more of an even keel with the other drivers?
Not yet. Undoubtedly they (the other drivers) still have the upper hand because they have completed more races than me. So far, I've driven at three very different circuits so far in very different conditions, and Suzuka will be another of the traditional races where I have limited experience. I'm learning and catching-up with the other drivers on the grid, but they have a considerable amount more experience than I do, and greater knowledge about the tyres too.
The Japanese Grand Prix – word has it Suzuka's one of your favourite circuits…
You're right, it's one of my favourites. The blend of high and mid speed corners makes it a very stimulating track. It's one of the classics that has changed very little since the start. I'm really looking forward to driving there, and I'm confident that I can put my name back on the points board for the team.
Is it a circuit that should suit the car better than Singapore?
Yes, I'm convinced that will be the case. The low-speed nature of Singapore made it the worst circuit for us in terms of performance. That hurt us a little bit, but with the updates we have planned for Suzuka we should be strong there, and hopefully will be able to get both cars in the points again – that's where we belong.
We are entering the closing stages of the season – what do you expect?
My main objective is to add more points to my name. If we can still add to the car a little bit here and there, that will help. We need to stay ahead of the teams behind us, in particular Force India. If we can close the gap to Mercedes GP in fourth, that would be a real boost for the team but primarily we must hold on to fifth position and keep the opposition at bay.
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