2011 F1 season
Bruno Senna says it is up to the team to decide whether he will get the chance to drive the Renault R31.
In his new role as third driver he will get to drive older cars but he does not yet know whether he will get any test or Friday running time in the new car.
Senna told F1 Fanatic:
I’m the third driver, I’ll be replacing the guys if they’re not fit for duty. I’ll be doing some testing with the old car, some demo runs, some events and some learning as well which is very important for me.
We don’t know yet [about testing and practice], this is something that belongs to the team.
At the end of the day, for me, it’s very important that what I do is beneficial to the team and if they find it’s beneficial for me to be running in the new car at any point then I’ll happily do it.
He said the deal to join Renault as a third driver only came together recently:
I’m very excited to be here. We’ve been talking to Renault for a long time, we know Eric from GP2. But it only became more serious a little while ago.
Eric has decided to give me a good opportunity together with the Lotus group. And here I am, it’s been a very short time and a very satisfying opportunity.
Despite having already raced in Formula 1 for HRT last year, Senna believes he can continue to develop in his new role:
I can learn a lot. This is a team which has won championships before.
I think the whole family is quite strong and I’m sure I can absorb the technical knowledge. I’ll be part of the car development to understand what development they take and what the drivers are saying.
So I think, even from the outside, I can absorb a lot and be part of the team as much as possible.
He’s also excited to be re-creating history by driving for a team sponsored by Lotus using the same black-and-gold colouring his uncle Ayrton drove with in 1985 and 1986:
I think it’s pretty special. For me, the black and gold Lotus also reminds me of Ayrton, it’s a very special memory. I’ve driven that car a few times and it brings back memories for me. Not only that, but it’s also quite beautiful – very good fashionably for us!
But in seriousness it’s emotional for me, it’s very special and I think it’s quite interesting turn of events to be here at this time.
There were other opportunities but from what is out there I think this is definitely the best.
See pictures of the Renault R31 launch here:
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