F1 »

Senna calls for testing break

Bruno Senna has admitted that his HRT team would be aided by a relaxation in the in-season testing rules.
Formula One rookie Bruno Senna has called on the powers that be to allow the sport's newcomers additional track time in a bid to make them more competitive when the schedule heads to Europe.

Speaking ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, and reflecting on a fraught debut for the new Hispania Racing Team in Bahrain two weeks ago, the Brazilian claimed that a chance to hone his car would not only allow HRT to work on the reliability problems that caused both his and team-mate Karun Chandhok's cars to sit out large parts of the opening round, but also to make them less of a concern for the faster runners.

"It was a pretty big challenge," Senna said of Bahrain, "The team arrived there with no previous preparation and everything had to be done there, so we struggled a little bit. We couldn't learn from previous experience, so we had to do everything on the few laps we had and it didn't make our lives easy, but the team still did a pretty amazing job to be there and get both cars on the grid."

Despite there being two weeks between races, the 'flyaway' nature of the early part of the schedule mitigates against teams making major changes to their cars, leaving Senna and Chandhok wondering whether their luck will turn in Melbourne - and both Malaysia and China after that.

"Obviously, there is a big check list of things that need to be changed [but], with no testing and no time to test between the first two races, there are no big changes - a few changes but not enough," the Brazilian confirmed. "However, we hope that, by Europe, we can have some updates, some new things on the car, which will improve performance and reliability.

"I think, both for the new teams and the new drivers, it is very important to get some miles of testing. It would be great for us if we could test a little bit when we get to Europe after the first races, as we could take many of the kinks - the very basic things that we could have been able to sort out with a few miles of testing - and get them sorted out. I believe that it would make everyone's life much better if we were a bit quicker and more prepared - both the new teams and the current teams, considering that these guys have to overtake us a few more times than necessary."

Senna confirmed that it was a minor problem that eventually sidelined him in Bahrain, while team-mate Chandhok shouldered the majority of the gremlins that beset the HRT team during the weekend, missing all of free practice before finally turning his first F1 laps in qualifying. The Indian then lasted into its second lap before a bump in the road pitched him into the barriers.

"I didn't have so many problems with the hydraulics [which troubled Chandhok]," Senna noted, "There were a few problems with the clutch but, on my car, the hydraulics were fairly reliable. The problem we had in the race was just a metal brace that broke on the water radiator pipes, so the engine ran out of water.

"These little things have been fixed, so I think we should be able to finish the race, that's our objective this time, finish the race. Hopefully we will be able to do that. We were quite close to finishing the race last time out. It was a shame that we got that problem, but it was just because of no testing. These sorts of problems happen when the installation is very new. They are not supposed to happen in public really."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Bruno Senna (BRA) HRT Cosworth
Karun Chandhok (IND) HRT Cosworth & Bruno Senna (BRA) HRT Cosworth
Bruno Senna (BRA) HRT Cosworth
24.06.2017 - Qualifying, (L-R) Charles Leclerc (MON) PREMA Racing, Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) Test Driver, Scuderia Ferrari and Pierre Gasly (FRA) Red Bull Racing, Test driver
24.06.2017 - Qualifying, Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) Test Driver, Scuderia Ferrari
24.06.2017 - Qualifying, Charles Leclerc (MON) PREMA Racing and Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) Test Driver, Scuderia Ferrari
23.06.2017 - Free Practice 2, Pierre Gasly (FRA) Red Bull Racing, Test driver
10.06.2017- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08  is celebrating his 65th Pole Position with Ayrton Senna (BRA) Helmet
10.06.2017- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08  is celebrating his 65th Pole Position with Ayrton Senna (BRA) Helmet
10.06.2017- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08  is celebrating his 65th Pole Position with Ayrton Senna (BRA) Helmet
10.06.2017- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08  is celebrating his 65th Pole Position with Ayrton Senna (BRA) Helmet
10.06.2017- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08  is celebrating his 65th Pole Position with Ayrton Senna (BRA) Helmet
08.06.2017- Nicholas Latifi (CDN) Renault Sport F1 Team Test Driver
(L to R): Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team; Marc Gene (ESP) Ferrari Test Driver; Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso; Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren; and Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Sauber F1 Team, at the Amber Lounge Fashion Show.
26.05.2017.
(L to R): Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team; Marc Gene (ESP) Ferrari Test Driver; Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso; Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren; Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Sauber F1 Team; Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber F1 Team; Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari Development Driver, at the Amber Lounge Fashion Show.
26.05.2017.
(L to R): Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team; Marc Gene (ESP) Ferrari Test Driver; Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso; Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren; Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Sauber F1 Team; Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber F1 Team; Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari Development Driver, at the Amber Lounge Fashion Show.
26.05.2017.
(L to R): Natalie Pinkham (GBR) Sky Sports Presenter; Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team; Marc Gene (ESP) Ferrari Test Driver; Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso; Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren; Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Sauber F1 Team; Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Sauber F1 Team; Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari Development Driver; and Federica Masolin (ITA) Sky F1 Italia Presenter, at the Amber Lounge Fashion Show.
26.05.2017.
(L to R): Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team with Marc Gene (ESP) Ferrari Test Driver and Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso, at the Amber Lounge Fashion Show.
26.05.2017.

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


19Krpm - Unregistered

March 26, 2010 8:29 AM

Fully agree with Senna. They were literally a last-minute entrant due to timing of external decisions made by the controlling body and not their own. It would be only fair and beneficial for all other drivers and teams to let these two talented and promising rookies a chance to get a the additional test time. :)

Ty46 - Unregistered

March 26, 2010 10:06 AM

They choose to enter, when a smaller budget rule was in place, the FIA or whoever, changed that, so they had difficulties. Now, if some A-holes bring back the 107% rule during the season, they should be allowed to test.



© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.