Senna at Spa
Photo. Lotus Renault Media
Bruno Senna is back in Formula 1 this weekend at Spa with Lotus-Renault team. Behind him is team manager Eric Boullier and, second from right, French driver Jean-Eric Vergne.
Money talks and Heidfeld walks. Bruno Senna is back in Formula 1. The Brazilian will race at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend. Reports, though not confirmed by the team, are that he may also race in the next round at Monza, which will see the season finale of GP2 series. And the plot thickens.
The GP2 Championship is led by Romain Grosjean and may even be decided in the Ardennes forest on Sunday. Grosjean is now under the wings of Gravity Management, part of the Genii Capital. The Swiss-born Frenchman may replace Senna after Monza as he is being groomed to take over the seat of Robert Kubica if the Pole star is unable to make a full recovery to compete in F1.
Nick Heidfeld was a victim of BMW’s withdrawal from F1 following the worldwide financial meltdown. The German driver from Mönchengladbach won the 1999 Formula 3000 Championship and made his F1 debut in 2000 with Prost. He was supported in his early career by McLaren-Mercedes and was set to drive for the Woking team till the Ice Man walked in from the cold.
Kubica’s unfortunate accident earlier this year opened the door for Heidfeld. Much was expected based on his experience and despite leading Petrov in the points table, the performance has not been career saving, let alone enhancing. This in turn opened the door for boys and bucks from Brazil.
Genii Capital has now merged with a Brazilian company, Worldwide Investments, and choice of Senna did not surprise many. The nephew of triple world champion raced in Formula BMW, British F3 and GP2 before making his F1 debut last year with Hispania Racing Team.
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Spa Francorchamps Friday practice times:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m50.321s 22 2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m50.461s + 0.140s 18 3. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m50.770s + 0.449s 9 4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m50.838s + 0.517s 9 5. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m51.218s + 0.897s 14 6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m51.242s + 0.921s 22 7. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m51.655s + 1.334s 20 8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m51.725s + 1.404s 17 9. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m51.751s + 1.430s 8 10. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m51.790s + 1.469s 13 11. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m51.922s + 1.601s 22 12. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m52.750s + 2.429s 20 13. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m52.780s + 2.459s 25 14. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m52.911s + 2.59 s 24 15. Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m53.009s + 2.688s 24 16. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m53.156s + 2.835s 17 17. Bruno Senna Renault 1m53.835s + 3.514s 20 18. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m55.051s + 4.730s 20 19. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m55.494s + 5.173s 22 20. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m56.202s + 5.881s 15 21. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m56.816s + 6.495s 20 22. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m57.450s + 7.129s 19 23. Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1m57.612s + 7.291s 24 24. Vitaly Petrov Renault 2m02.234s + 11.913s 12