• Jan 11, 2011
How the mighty have fallen. But when they do, someone else invariably needs to fill their shoes. And so comes two parallel developments from the lower rungs of the Formula One ladder.

In one corner we have Bruno Senna, the highly-anticipated nephew of the late great Ayrton Senna. The young Brazilian made his debut in F1 last season but failed to shine, and now it looks like his career in grand prix racing could be over almost as soon as it started. The Hispania Racing Team for which he drove last season has opted not to renew his contract for 2011, and with most of the other seats already spoken for, his options aren't looking too hot.

In his place, HRT has opted for one Narain Karthikeyan. The Indian racer drove for Jordan back in 2005 – punctuated by a big crash at the Chinese Grand Prix that year – before spending two seasons as a test driver for Williams. Karthikeyan has since driven for HRT chief Colin Kolles' Le Mans Series outfit, and returns to F1 (with crucial backing from Tata) just in time for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. HRT has yet to confirm its second driver, but one thing's for sure: it ain't Bruno,

[Source: Autosport | Images: Manuel Lorenzo/AFP/Getty, Jerry Markland/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      F1 needs to find a better way for new teams to have the financial backing to survive a season and be competitive without having to rely on drivers that pay to drive. HRT is a prime example of hiring drivers that bring money to the team to keep them afloat. In the case of Karthikeyan, Tata and is paying for his drive next season.

      While Karthikeyan may prove to be an outstanding hire and might elavate HRT's standing in the F1 World Championship, teams should be focused on hiring the best driver and not the ones with the best financial backing
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tats's backing aside, this was probably also a move to generate hype for the indian GP.
      Indians are quite patriotic and WILL go see one of their own race.

      I feel sorry for senna. Poor Kid, no matter how good he is, he'll alway be compared to the greatest F1 driver ever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd say Senna was good. Damn good, in fact, but not the greatest ever. Schumacher achieved more, but I'd say Lewis Hamilton (aka Will Smith to SimpleGame) is probably the best F1 driver ever, he outqualifies and outraces all of his world champion team-mates.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, with "crucial backing by Tata." This ain't the first F1 driver to be selected because he had money offer over talent. F1 ain't cheap, I get it, but you won't have a competitive team if drivers are "buying" thier seat instead of earning it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Karthikeyan drove nine races in the NASCAR Truck Series in 2010, with a best finish of 11th. Seeing as his average finish was 18.6 after starting an average of 19.7, I'd say internal politics are helping him more than his talent.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When did M. Night Shyamalan start racing F1?
        • 4 Years Ago
        racist ass
        • 4 Years Ago
        @iedieblog: I'd suggest learning what racism actually is before accusing others of it. Comparing someone to a celebrity he actually looks like is not a racist act.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I remember Colin Kolles saying they came in 2nd to last in the contructors because of their drivers. Yeah not Bruno and Karun you moron, it was because of Sakon and Christian! Don't try to fix what ain't broke.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Calamity Karthikeyan....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bruno is not that bad, but he need more money. I don't think he should run for theses lower teams, you have more to lose than win. Better run for another categories.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its sad how much he looks like Ayrton, shame he doesn't drive like him.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Aryton himself also put a little too much pressure on the kid, by saying "if you think I'm good, wait till you see my nephew"

        Schumacher seems to be taking a little more conservative approach, by keeping quiet about his son.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How would you expect him to drive like him with the POS car he was given? give Bruno some slack man,not like he drove a halfway decent car and didn't perform...how many races did HRT finish(not even top 15 but actually finish)last year? I'll wait*
        • 4 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly. Those are some big shoes to fill though...
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...with crucial backing from Tata"

      That explains a lot.
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