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Soaking up the pressure - Bruno Senna replaces Nick Heidfeld for the Belgian Grand Prix

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Bruno Senna replaces Nick Heidfeld for the Belgian Grand Prix
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Bruno Senna found himself under pressure from all sides in Belgium on Friday. The Renault test driver was thrust firmly into the media spotlight this week when his team announced he would replace Nick Heidfeld for the next two Grand Prix.

On top of seemingly endless interest from fans and media alike, Senna had no time to catch his breath inside the cockpit as Spa-Francorchamps' famed changeable weather conditions sought to disrupt the days track action. After a first session accident, that saw Senna backing his car into the barriers at turn 9, he bounced back to survive a full 90 minutes of second practice unscathed and still managed to remain positive about his day's running.

"I'm making up for all these sessions that I've missed in the past by getting more miles on the clock," he said. "One thing's for sure, I’m excited about getting back in the car tomorrow."

Regardless of the outlook on Saturday in Belgium, it is clear that Bruno Senna has a monumental hill to climb before his debut weekend is complete.