Bruno Senna: More than just a name

Bruno Senna: More than just a name

When Bruno Senna began his car racing career, he did so with all the baggage that come with being related to one of the sport's greats. Edd Straw spoke to the Renault F1 driver, who is finally making a name for himself in his own right

When Bruno Senna made his car racing debut in the British Formula BMW championship at Brands Hatch in August 2004, it was huge news. Usually, the debut of a 20-year-old South American with zero karting pedigree would have raised only a ripple of attention even in the specialist press, yet the national newspapers picked up the story of the nephew of Ayrton Senna contesting his first race.

He was a curiosity, of interest because of his name rather than through any belief that he was a star in the making or worthy of attention in his own right. While in the intervening seven years, Senna has very much earned a name for himself through his racewinning performances in F3 and GP2, many still see nothing more than S-E-N-N-A.

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