Home favourite Bruno Senna arrives at the Brazilian GP fully intent on clinching a 'result to be proud of' in the evocative black and gold livery his uncle, Ayrton Senna once mesmerised the grand prix circuit with.
Naturally, Senna and F1 fans, especially within the Brazilian public, have a certain affinity, something the nephew of the three-time F1 world champion is ever grateful for.
“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,” he said.
During his short race stint with Eric Boullier's Renault squad, Senna has had his up's and down's - from the high of qualifying his Lotus Renault GP car in the top ten in Belgium at the first time of asking, to his disastrous performance last time out in Abu Dhabi.
Having said that though, the youngster job hasn't been made any easier by the car he's employed to drive and Renault technical chief James Allison admitted recently that the team's R31 has become a 'bold but failed experiment' [see separate story - click here
Unfortunately Senna believes the R31's weaknesses, coupled with the layout of the Sao Paulo circuit, will provide the team and himself with a tricky weekend.
“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,” Senna added.
The young Brazilian however, remains positive following his half season with the Renault squad: “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,” he continued.
“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. But I'm sure we can use what we have learnt to take ourselves forward,” Senna concluded.
by Simon Evans