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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Senna wants to remain close to F1

Bruno Senna hasn’t finalized any plans after missing out on a drive with Brawn GP to veteran Rubens Barrichello, but he is weighing his options and is determined to find something that will help him prepare for a future in F1.

“It's paramount to us to be doing something that will prepare me and make sure that we're close enough to Formula 1 to get a chance next year, but that's also a difficult thing to do,” he said in an interview with Crash.net Radio. “It's very difficult to tie up a different series and Formula 1. It's going to be quite tricky, but if it's done properly then I believe that I will get a chance as soon as there is a chance.”

Despite being the runner-up to the championship last season, the Honda/Brawn GP’s saga resulted in the Brazilian missing out on a top GP2 drive.

He has a test coming up in an LMP1 Oreca sportscar, and he has also been in talks with Mercedes about DTM.

“It's (DTM) something that we're looking into,” he said. “We haven't gone very deep into discussions about the DTM, again because we haven't decided what is the best way to go. We have to analyze what the risks are and what the pros are.”

Listen to the interview and read the full story.

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Barrichello “kept his faith”

The other player in that soap opera and Formula One's most experienced driver, Rubens Barrichello, fired back at his doubters in a note on his personal Web site.

“These last four months I preferred silence,” Reuters quotes the 36-year-old veteran. “People said I was done, that nobody wanted me, and there was one who wrote that Bruno Senna had already signed for three years with the team, an absurd story where the desperate (reporter) tried to get a beat without having any basis or source. The important thing is that during this period of hard times I kept my faith, worked my body out hard and kept quiet, speaking only to the team's personnel.”

Barrichello will join the team in its first full test in Barcelona next week. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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