• Nov 6, 2009

The past few years in Formula One have seen an unprecedented return of legendary family names to the sport: names like Villeneuve, Piquet and Rosberg. But the most hyped scion of racing fame has been Bruno Senna.

The nephew of the late, great Ayrton Senna was rated highly by his world-champion uncle and has been on everyone's watch list for the past few years since he began competing in open-wheel formula racing. The young Brazilian was tipped to race in F1 for Honda until the Japanese automaker (which, incidentally, powered all three of his uncle's championship-winning McLarens) withdrew from the sport. Instead Bruno bided his time, won a few GP2 races and completed the 2008 championship as runner-up while finishing on the podium at his Le Mans Series debut at Catalunya.

Those waiting for the Senna name to return to F1, however, can stop waiting as Bruno has signed on with Campos Meta 1. Notably, despite the family ties with several teams on the grid – including Lotus, McLaren and Williams, to say nothing of the STR ties through family friend and confidante Gerhard Berger – Bruno ended up signing with one of the new teams joining the grid next year.

There's been no word on who will partner with him for the rookie squad, but sources suggest a more experienced veteran driver (like Alex Wurz, for example) is in the mix. But one thing's for sure: Senna's going to have all eyes fixed on him, and he'll have quite the reputation to live up to.

[Source: Autosport | Image: Mauricio Lima/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      @ Autoblog

      DO NOT LISTEN TO THE NAYSAYERS. CONTINUE TO PUBLISH F1 ARTICLES.

      This being a primarily AMERICAN site, would you please post any USGPE info you see, albeit late or possibly inaccurate? Americans need a booster shot of F1.

      Talk about USGPE. Get an interview with Ken Anderson or Peter Windsor. Talk to prospective F1 drivers like the young guys, Andretti and Rahal. "Have you been contacted by USGPE? Are you interested in transitioning to F1?"

      I love this site. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

      F1fanatic, en.f1-live, and gpupdate are good sites if you're going to mirror an article. Everyone does it. I come to your site to comment.

      Again, TY Autoblog for all your F1 articles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      best of luck and many success to bruno. i hope he can do his uncle proud.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really wanted him to start at Ferrari. Alonso just causes bad blood at whatever team he drives for. Hopefully that isn't the case but I really, really wanted to see Bruno racing for Ferrari this season. Sadly, that was one of my first thoughts after hearing that Massa got smoked in the head. Awful, I know.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I expect Alonso to have his hands full making sure he finishes in front of Felipe. Not an easy task considering how hungry he's going to be next year.

        And Autoblog, please ignore people that tell you not to post about F1 since it's VERY car related and most people may not have already read the news elsewhere. Yea, I read F1 sites daily (several times daily!) but getting info out to possible new fans is much better than having to scroll past a story we've already read.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You wanted Bruno Senna an F1 rookie to "start" his F1 career @ Ferrari? A rookie to launch his career at what is usually F1's top team because he has a famous last name??

        PLEASE!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bruno is doing it the right way.
      His uncle was in a Toleman Hart, not exactly a top calibre team.
      Monaco in the rain is where he shined.

      To be fair Stefan Bellof in a Tyrrell also shined, but wasn't as close to winning as Senna.
      Prost lost the championship by having the race stopped, that 1/2 points result allowed Lauda to defeat him. Had the race ended full points, Prost would have been 5 time champion taking 6 for 2nd instead of 4.5 for 1st.

      Alonso was in a Minardi
      Schumacher in a Jordan

      Lewis and Jacques had the big team straight off, but did deliver on 2nd try.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This has been known for a good week or two now. Heh.


      Its good news, I've been following Bruno for some years now - my friend flies his family around Sao Paulo and even raced in a few old F3 races with Bruno (but quickly gave that up, Bruno was way too fast).

      Its a shame he probably wont be in a truly competative car, but he's still got time yet. He can't be as bad as Piquet, for sure.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mike I dont think it's self-centered to expect up to date F1 news; when you have on average a hennessey article posted every f**kin day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. Please stop posting F1 news here - it's either a rehash of a completely false story or it's old news. I'd rather just read about car stuff than autosports on here TBH - as I have many other feeds with just this kind of coverage ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @gavin
        couldn't agree more its usually way past its news-worthiness a week after its occurred. I appreciate the attempt at F1 coverage but at this point everything comes in days late and inaccurate. many more site that update F1 news almost immediately after it's occurred.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So you guys are annoyed at seeing a story you already read elsewhere? Why'd you take the time to post about it then? We understand you're the elitist F1 fan, but really, is it necessary to poop on Autoblog for posting this?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is it possible to be more self centred. It must be a real inconvenience to just pass your cursor over an article you may have some knowledge of. Keep it up Auto blog. I like the coverage here and it doesn't bother me one bit if the news has been covered elsewhere.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Umm a a crazy fan of F1 been watching since I was a kid when Senna was on a roll. I have shirts, poster autograph pic of A Senna & me when I was a kid. I've NEVER seen or heard him comment on how good his nephew was. I'm part of the Senna Race Club & sent this link to members there they never saw or heard these comments. Are you guys just making things up? I hope Bruno well but to claim a dead person said something he probably never said is not kool. Good luck Bruno maybe Autoblog should stick to covering wagons & let F1 site cover F1
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly... Bruno was what... 5-6 years old when Ayrton was killed? He new his young nephew was going to be a F1 star at that young age?? Oh sure... totally believable (not).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see him racing. I loved Ayrton racing, he was really good at it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow you're fast. Only ~2 weeks after it's been confirmed.
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