Senna says test is 2009 Honda seat audition

Fri, 14 November 2008, 06:27

Nov.14 (GMM) Bruno Senna has confirmed that his test with the Honda team next week is an audition for a race drive in 2009

“I will do the best I can and I hope it is enough to earn the seat,” said the 25-year-old, who – along with fellow GP2 competitor Lucas di Grassi – will drive the RA108 at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya

“It will be up to the team to decide, of course, but I have to do everything I can to show that I have the necessary potential,” Senna added

The Brazilian said he has “worked hard” in preparation for his maiden outing in a grand prix car, which will be more than 14 years since his famous uncle Ayrton was killed during the 19Bruno Senna San Marino grand prix

“I have worked hard to prepare, particularly on my neck,” he said in interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport

“A few days ago I was in Brackley to talk with the engineers, and learn the various systems and procedures,” he explained

Senna said he met Ross Brawn, Honda’s team boss, for the first time at the Monaco grand prix earlier this year

“I think it is very exciting to work with a man as experienced as successful as he is. I can learn so much.”nnHe has also been linked with one of Toro Rosso’s vacant seats next year, but insists that his family’s links with Gerhard Berger was never a guarantee of a drive

“Gerhard does not mix personal with business and he would not give me any opportunities if he did not believe that I am good enough,” Senna explained

A Honda seat for 2009 would re-establish the Japanese manufacturer’s famous relationship with the Senna name, for Ayrton Senna won all three of his drivers’ titles with Honda power

“It would be something special,” Bruno Senna admitted. “I think Ayrton and Honda had such a good relationship because they shared the same values, like dedication to the job.”n

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