Bruno Senna has admitted that he cannot wait to begin his Formula One career in earnest after being measured up for the Campos Meta team's first car.
The Brazilian visited Dallara's facilities in Parma recently to get a first glimpse of the car he will debut next season, and had the constructor's engineering team take down the measurements needed to design and build his seat, and confirm its position amid the dimensions and layout of the cockpit.
"I am pleasantly surprised by how advanced the development of the car is,” Senna commented, "Being able to sit inside the car, do a seat fit and allow Dallara to make a tailor-made, moulded seat, taking into account my exact height and proportions, constitutes another step forward in order to be present in the F1 group test sessions in February.”
Senna, who will attempt to shake off the expected comparisons with esteemed uncle Ayrton when he makes his first grand prix appearance in Bahrain next March, admitted that working with Dallara - who built that cars in which he excelled in GP2 - was both comfortable and confidence-inspiring.
"I have raced in cars made by Dallara before and I trust completely in their way of working, as well as their experience and quality," he noted, "We are a new team and we are going to struggle at the beginning for sure but, if we keep on working in this direction, we will be able to make a good debut in our first season.”
Campos Meta's Toni Cuquerella, charged with overseeing work at Dallara, joined Senna on his visit and admitted that he was equally - and pleasantly - surprised with the progress being made on the team's first F1 car.
"The project is really advanced and we have already passed all the internal tests of homologation," he confirmed, "Dallara has been working extraordinarily hard for months and we are really happy with the results up to now.
"Thanks to the current advanced development of the car and the data provided by Dallara, we have been able to carry out the first simulations in almost all the circuits that will organise a grand prix in 2010.”
Team boss Adrián Campos has revealed that, with the build as far advanced as it is at present, the squad can expect to have at least one car ready to run at the Valencia test at the beginning of February, with a second joining it in Barcelona two weeks later.