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Bruno Senna

Formula 1 driver

Bruno Senna
Credit: LAT
Vital statistics for Bruno Senna
NationalityBRA
BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil
Born15 October 1983
Age34
F1 debutBahrain Grand Prix, 2010
Recent fastest laps
2012Belgian Grand Prix

Bruno Senna, nephew to the F1 champion Ayrton, made his debut in 2010 with the Hispania Racing team. He also drove for Lotus and Williams, with a best finish of sixth place in 2012. He didn't manage to secure a race seat for 2013, and spent time with the Sky Sports team broadcasting from the paddock. He also moved over to endurance racing and Formula E.

F1 biography

Bruno showed early promise at motorsports, but after the death of his uncle Ayrton Senna in 1994, he backed away from racing. Making a late start to his career, then, he rapidly moved through Formula Three and GP2 to find a race seat in Formula One. He initially tested for the Honda team, but lost out when they withdrew from the sport.

At the end of 2009, Senna confirmed he had signed with HRT for the following season, driving alongside Karun Chandhok. The pair made a popular duo in the paddock, having fun in their travels around the globe. The performance of the car was less fun, and Senna retired from nine races in 2010. He also sat out the British Grand Prix, as Hispania put Sakon Yamamoto in the car instead.

For 2011, Senna moved to the Renault team as a reserve driver. When Robert Kubica was injured, Senna tested in a bid to win his race seat but the role went to Nick Heidfeld. However, before the season was over, Heidfeld left the team and Senna took up the race seat for the final eight races. At the end of the year, the team chose two different drivers leaving Senna without a race seat once again.

He moved to Williams for the 2012 season. It was a choice that brought emotions distinctly to the fore, driving for the same team that his Uncle was with when he died. However, the support of his family and the team meant that was soon put to one side as he set about forging his own career path. Overshadowed by a teammate with more money and power, Senna was consistent but unremarkable and not retained by Williams for 2013.

He moved to endurance racing but returned to the paddock in 2014, this time as a broadcaster. Joining the Sky Sports team, Senna covered seven races providing expert analysis both inside and out of the commentary box. When Channel 4 took over the terrestrial coverage of F1 in the UK, Senna joined the line-up of presenters for 2016 and beyond.