Bruno Senna eager for F1 debut

Mon, 30 June 2008, 10:43

Bruno Senna has said he will not mind if he begins his formula one career with a smaller team.

The 24-year-old, whose famous late uncle Ayrton Senna won three world championships, currently lies second overall in this season’s GP2 standings.

Rumours are beginning to intensify that he is knocking on the door of a 2009 formula one debut; possibly with the team (Toro Rosso) co-owned by his uncle’s former teammate and friend, Gerhard Berger, or perhaps even BMW-Sauber.

Senna gave little away to the Cologne newspaper Express.

“I really have no favourite team,” he said.

“First I want the GP2 title. It is hard enough, and still not a guarantee of a good formula one car.”

Even so, all previous GP2 champions – Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Timo Glock – currently race in F1, as do 2005 and 2006 runners-up Heikki Kovalainen and Nelson Piquet.

Even last year’s runner-up, Lucas di Grassi, is currently a Renault test driver.

Senna, however, is not counting on immediately finding himself at the wheel of a winning F1 car.

“What happened to Lewis Hamilton was unique,” he said. “I want to take my first step in formula one, and it is just luck about which cockpits are free.

“If I cannot debut with a top team, I will have to first prove myself with a smaller one,” he added.

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