Senna in talks for Lotus-Renault switch UPDATE #2
(GMM) Bruno Senna has admitted it would be "great" to return to Interlagos in the future with a chance of a good result.
The Brazilian rookie, whose uncle Ayrton was revered by the local Interlagos crowd and is buried in nearby Morumbi, will contest his first grand prix at the circuit this weekend in the uncompetitive HRT car.
Recent reports have indicated the 27-year-old is in talks with other teams about 2011, perhaps Lotus where he could be test driver next year before returning to the grid in 2012.
"It would be great to fight for better positions," he said in a Portuguese language Reuters news report.
Senna's debut F1 season has been difficult, but he said he is focused on the positive aspects.
"I have learned a lot, I have gained experience in many ways, and I have the opportunity to fight for a place for next year.
"So it's been a year of learning and growing and it's giving me the chance to be in formula one next year," he added.
Senna confirmed there are talks ongoing with other teams about 2011.
"We are talking with other teams and we are opening some doors that were maybe not open before ... the prospects are good," he added.10/29/10 We are upgrading this rumor to 'strong' based on information received from inside AutoRacing1.com sources.
10/29/10 (GMM) Bruno Senna, the nephew of the great Ayrton Senna, is in talks to switch for 2011 from struggling HRT to F1's best new team Lotus.
That is the claim of Brazil's Globo Esporte, noting that the move would reinvoke the fabled Lotus/Renault/Senna combination of the 1980s.
Rookie Senna, who turned 27 earlier this month, has had a difficult debut season in 2010 at the wheel of the slowest and least developed car on the grid fielded by the Spanish newcomer Hispania.
"Bruno Senna is close to getting something better," said the Portuguese language report.
"He is in talks with Lotus and these talks are already well advanced," Globo added, nominating Jarno Trulli as the driver most likely to leave the Malaysian team in the event that Senna is signed. zzzz
The report cited sources "close to the driver" as insisting that Senna cannot finalize the deal until his sponsors agree, adding that these talks with "several companies" are also already taking place.
Globo Esporte also said Lotus' announcement of its Renault engine deal for 2011 will be made next weekend at Interlagos.
Late triple world champion Ayrton Senna won his first grand prix at the wheel of a Renault-powered Lotus in 1985.
He won a further 5 grands prix in a Lotus-Renault, as well as 24 podiums, 16 pole positions and 150 points before moving to McLaren.