I’ve been following Bruno’s career ever since he decided to take on single seaters back in 2004.
You cannot argue over the fact that Bruno has the talent and the speed. A lot has been written about him only getting into F1 because of his last name. That’s rubbish.
I won’t deny it didn’t help him at all, but don’t think people who cannot race are being allowed into F1.
So let’s do a little recap :
Bruno managed to knock on F1′s door at the end of 2008. That’s only 4 years after he started racing.
So you have to understand the guy did nothing for 10 years, and then he managed to be at F1′s doorstep after only 4 years of racing. Impressive I would say…
During those 4 years he collected several wins, and became runner-up in GP2. He would have won it if he didn’t run into a dog that year during a race. He beat the likes of many people who are now competing in F1, like Maldonado, Buemi, Grosjean,…
People talk about his first year in HRT, (after he had to wait a year) where he was outclassed by his teammate and especially Klien. That’s NOT true. Do a correct analysis of every race and you will see Senna has beaten Chandok, Yamamoto and even Klien at the final races.
People talk about his performances in the Renault. Don’t forget he had to jump into that car after mid-season, with nearly no running in that car during tests. Also, don’t forget that car was going quickly downhill at that stage of the season.
Bruno has shown some very decent things during those times, and also this year he’s doing fine I must say.
There is one thing Bruno needs to improve on, and that’s his qualifying and his consistency. He has indeed made some mistakes caused by a lack of experience. He has to learn, and perhaps he will never fully catch up on the others. We don’t know how much he will grow or can grow, so we have to wait and see.
Bruno’s not looking impressive or spectacular, but he is still learning. He can only do this by running races. The fact he has to give his car up in FP1 to Bottas isn’t helping him either.
Once he has the experience and he doesn’t lack confidence, I wouldn’t be surprised we will see a great driver. But is there enough time for him to learn? We don’t know.
But for now, I’m actually pleased to see him going in F1, especially after all he has done to get there.