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Senna leaves F1 for sportscars in 2013

Bruno Senna is no longer a factor in the battle over seats at Force India and Marussia, having found gainful employment elsewhere.
Bruno Senna will not be an F1 driver in 2013.

That much may have appeared true to anyone who could see others in line for the vacant seats at Force India and Marussia, but has been confirmed following the announcement that the Brazilian has been signed by Aston Martin Racing as part of its assault on both the Le Mans 24 Hours and World Endurance Championship.

Senna was ousted from his seat at Williams when the Grove team opted to sign Valtteri Bottas alongside Pastor Maldonado for 2013, but was closely linked to a number of vacancies thanks to the sponsorship package he was alleged to be able to bring from Brazil.

Instead, with doors closing on him in recent weeks, Senna has instead opted to return to sportscar racing - having used the category to bridge the gap between his GP2 and F1 careers several years ago - and will partner the highly-rated Frederic Makowiecki in the #99 AMR entry in the WEC, with Rob Bell joining the pair for Le Mans.

Full news on the Aston Martin line-up can be found by clicking HERE.

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waitin in the wings - Unregistered

February 05, 2013 8:48 PM

Good luck Bruno. Success is there for the taking, and judging by some of the F1 pay driver choices, you would still be high up ther choice list if you had made that decision. A nice man, to nice for the viper pit of schooling.....

Yak - Unregistered

February 06, 2013 2:11 AM

Calzone, you might not think FP1 is of much importance, but I'm pretty sure if you spoke to any of the drivers they'd say otherwise. It's also not only about the drivers. The engineers need the session to start gathering data for set up and strategy. So every weekend when everyone else was starting to get the car in shape in FP2, Bruno was basically starting from scratch. The drivers often talk about it being a problem when they've had to sit out a session, whether it's for another driver or a mech failure or whatever.

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