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Senna evaluating options that will leave him 'close to F1'

Bruno Senna is refusing to be drawn on where his future lies after missing out on the second Brawn GP Formula 1 seat to compatriot Rubens Barrichello in 2009 – but he is adamant that wherever he does ultimately end up, it must be something that allows him to retain a strong possibility of graduating to the top flight in 2010.

If it was a surprise to many within the sport that the reigning GP2 Series runner-up was passed over for the final F1 berth of the season in favour of Barrichello – a man who some suggested had driven his last grand prix – then it was evidently even more of a surprise to Senna himself, who has since acknowledged that he is now paying the price for placing all of his eggs in just one basket in banking on the promotion.

That has seen him miss the boat in terms of securing a drive with one of the front-running GP2 outfits, leaving his options relatively thin on the ground. With that in mind, it is somewhat intriguing that the 25-year-old has accepted an offer from Hugues de Chaunac to try out one of the Frenchman's LMP1 Oreca sportscars at Paul Ricard today [see separate story – click here] – even if he declines to go into any further details on what lies in-store.

“It's difficult to say,” he told Crash.net Radio. “At the moment I actually prefer not to say anything regarding what I'm going to do in the future, because it's a difficult moment for decisions. Things are changing a lot not only in Formula 1, but in motor racing in general; everyone in motor racing is having to make cutbacks and changes to make sure that their series and teams survive the crisis.

“We're being very careful now in terms of what we are going to do in the future; we have quite a few propositions on our table, and we're looking at their pros and their cons to make sure that we are in the right place at the right time.”

One of those propositions is a move to the pan-European DTM touring car series, with Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Vice-President Norbert Haug having confirmed that talks have taken place with the nephew of the late, great triple F1 World Champion Ayrton Senna regarding a potential tin-top switch.

Whilst some such as Paul di Resta have used the DTM as a springboard towards F1, however, others – notably Gary Paffett – have reaped little benefit, and were he to join them on the grid, it is likely that Senna would be in a year-old car...and consequently with little hope of making a big splash.

“It's something that we're looking into,” the São Paulista confirmed. “We haven't gone very deep into discussions about the DTM, again because we haven't decided what is the best way to go. We have to analyse what the risks are and what the pros are.

“It is quite complicated to be able to see the whole scenario in front of you with all the options and not miss anything – that's the biggest problem. I guess now we've just got to take a few days to get all our thoughts together and make sure that we make the right decisions.

“It's paramount to us to be doing something that will prepare me and make sure that we're close enough to Formula 1 to get a chance next year, but that's also a difficult thing to do. It's very difficult to tie up a different series and Formula 1. It's going to be quite tricky, but if it's done properly then I believe that I will get a chance as soon as there is a chance.”

by Russell Atkins

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Louisa_15 - Unregistered

March 09, 2009 7:14 PM

Well, I love Bruno, he's a very talented driver and has achieved a great deal in a very short time. I'm very disappointed that he won't get the chance to be in F1 this year. I follow his career very closely and the more Bruno stories there are, the happier I'll be.

modus operandi - Unregistered

March 08, 2009 5:20 PM

Bruno certainly has got a good PR and the media on his side. Can't recall any other driver with similar unproven credentials getting so many column inches as he has lately. He seems like a nice guy and I hope he gets a chance at F1 but bring on the racing, enough already! :)

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