STR’s Berger predicts F1 future for Senna

Sat, 5 May 2007, 09:47

While directing yet more criticism at Scott Speed, Toro Rosso co-owner Gerhard Berger has predicted a bright future in formula one for Ayrton Senna’s nephew.

Former GP winner Berger, who for many years was Ayrton’s teammate and friend until his death in 1994, hailed 23-year-old Bruno Senna’s front-running GP2 debut in the recent Bahrain round.

“I have been observing him for some time,” Berger told Sport Bild, referring to the Brazilian whose mother Vivianne was Ayrton’s sister.

“If he can now confirm the great potential he showed in Bahrain, then formula one is the next step.”

Berger’s affection for Senna is bad news for Californian Speed, whose seat already came into doubt after his moderate debut last season.

Champ Car sensation Sebastien Bourdais is already waiting in the wings for 2008, and Berger said of Speed this season: “He has not yet awoken from his winter sleep.”

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