A special occasion for another Senna at Interlagos
Sao Paulo will be scene of considerable tension and drama today in the Brazilian Grand Prix as the championship contenders battle it out.
While the international attention will be at the front, it will be an emotional moment for Bruno Senna as he lines up in the rear of the grid, in 24th place, in his Hispania Racing Team-Cosworth (HRT) car.
Senna today will drive in his home race for the first time in what is his debut season, and his appearance in Sao Paolo marks the first time that the Senna name will have appeared on the starting list at the Interlagos track since the death of his uncle, Ayrton Senna, in 1994, at the San Marino Grand Prix.
Ayrton was a hero in Brazil, winning three world championships and twice winning on home soil.
His nephew is looking forward to the chance to show what he can do in front of his countrymen.
"It is going to be special," he said in an interview following yesterday's qualifying. "I think racing at home is always very special and I really look forward to going to Brazil and feel the energy of the crowd."
It has been a frustrating season for Senna because HRT have consistently been the slowest team on the grid. But at the age of 27 he believes he is well-placed to handle the pressures of F1.
"There always has been pressure and people always expected a lot from me but now that I have more experience and I'm more confident with dealing with that and those things," he said. "It is much easier for me."
Published: November 7, 2010 04:00 AM