Bruno Senna, 26
When it comes to Bruno Senna, it’s hard not to talk about Bruno’s uncle, the late three-time Formula One world champion, Aryton Senna.
With his uncle backing him, he looked set to burst onto the Formula One scene, until Aryton’s unfortunate death at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994. Even so, Bruno made his own way to the top of the motor racing game, having raced through Formula Three, GP2 and Le Mans. He almost joined in the 2009 season, but missed opportunities and a shift in teams (he had tested with Honda, who abruptly pulled out due to economic reasons), meant he didn’t manage to get a seat with a team in time.
He signed to Campos Meta for the 2010 season, and the team eventually became known as Hispania Racing driving alongside Karun Chandhok, and Sakon Yamamoto.
You obviously come from a family of racers – do you feel that adds any extra pressure on you?
There is extra pressure from the outside, but I’ve lived with it since the beginning, and it’s made me quite good at handling the pressures of the sport – So I’m quite well-prepared for F1.
How do you feel your season has been going so far?
It’s been a tough season, but I’ve learned and developed a lot since the start. The experience that I gain this year will be really important for me in the future.
How do you hope to do at the Singapore Grand Prix?
It’s going to be my first time in Singapore, so the learning curve will be steep. But I hope to do well and to give the other new teams some hard work in catching up!
It’s your first time to the Singapore Grand Prix – have you been here before?
I’ve never been to Singapore, but everyone who’s been there for the Grand Prix says it’s an amazing event. The night race plus the social life seems to put the Singapore GP as one of the best to go to in the world.
Off the track, how do you prepare for a race?
I do a lot of fitness training to endure the tough physical side of the sport. I also try to unwind as much as possible when I’m not at the track to keep my mind clear and ready for the challenges of the sport.
What goes through your mind as you step into the car?
I get my mind completely focused on extracting the most out of the car and giving the best feedback possible to the engineers. So I try to keep it clear from outside things when I jump into the car.
Tell us something about yourself that people might not know about.
I’m quite interested in electronics, audio and all that sort of stuff. So I guess I’m a bit of a geek.
If you hadn’t become a race driver, what would you be doing?
Probably something to do with audio, but whatever it was, I’d have to have motor racing as a large part of my life.