22 November 2011
Q&A - Bruno Senna, Lotus Renault GP
Bruno Senna prepares for the F1 season finale in Brazil
How have you recovered from the disappointing weekend in Abu Dhabi?
Well, you just have to put it behind you and concede that it really was a very poor weekend. In one sense we knew we would be up against it; the Yas Marina Circuit was always going to be a circuit that the R31 would struggle to with. In the race, we struggled with a KERS failure, drive through penalty and generally a car that was not on the money. Strategically we took a gamble that didn't pay off. I certainly think that overall in Abu Dhabi my pace was as good as it could have been. For Brazil we will need to have an improved baseline to ensure a better race weekend.
It's all eyes to Brazil now – not only the last race of the season but your home race…
I am very excited about racing in my homeland. I did, in fact, travel straight to Brazil from Abu Dhabi to prepare for everything. It's going to be another difficult race because of the type of circuit we are facing. It's a classic track, and it's my home race which will make it extra special but there are also some long, slow corners in the mid-section of the track. We will have to prepare fully to give ourselves the best chance of success there. One thing is for sure – people will remember the last race of the season and how we perform in that. That will be the lingering thought for many as we enter 2012, so we want to end the season on a positive note.
You say you went straight to Brazil – how much extra is there to contend with at your home race?
I headed straight to Brazil from the Middle East. There will be a lot going on during race week. I have a number of PR and sponsor commitments leading into the race weekend; these are additional things to my normal race weekend, but I'm doing most of this ahead of the Thursday so I can begin my race preparations as I would do at any other track. Certainly, there will be the fan presence too. I'm well aware that I'm going to have a great level of support and that will undoubtedly help me as I look to secure a good result for the team.
Talk a bit more about the fans – you have a very special relationship with F1 fans in general, not to mention Brazilian F1 fans…
Yes, I know the fans will be great there. I learnt last year that they gave me a lot of care, a lot of passion and I would love to reciprocate that by putting in a result to be proud of in the black and gold livery. The flags will be waving for us Brazilian drivers on the grid, and that will be an extremely nice feeling.
Looking at your season as a whole – it must have been a good step forward for you…
It has. I've been learning, I've been improving and working with the engineers to get the most out of the car. We have been working on some different strategies, and some haven't paid off. Other teams have taken strides forward that we have not, and we have paid for that in terms of results. This is all part of the learning curve I've been on, and I'm sure we can use what we have learnt to take ourselves forward.
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