Bruno Senna was reportedly axed by HRT for the British GP due to an email sent to team boss

Bruno Senna was axed from the HRT F1 team for the British GP because of a critical email he accidentally sent to his boss, according to a report.

German magazine speculation Auto Bild Motorsport claims Senna wrote a scathing email, criticising HRT chief Colin Kolles‘ management style, before accidentally sending it to Kolles himself.

The team initially refused to comment on the reason for replacing Senna with Japanese driver Sakon Yamamoto, with suggestions that it was because the Japanese reportedly brings $5 million (£3.2m) in sponsorship to F1.

With Senna now due to return for the team at the German GP, however, HRT released a statement saying it had simply wanted to give an "opportunity" for Yamamoto, leading to further speculation.

Auto Bild suggested that dropping the Brazilian was a form of disciplinary action for sending the email.

It is also claims that it was actually Senna's team mate Karun Chandhok who was closer to losing his seat for the British race, due to late sponsor payments.

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16 July 2010

Chandok's sponsors are late paying, Yamamoto steps in with $5m, then Chandok pays up. Conveniently Senna is dropped for one race for upsetting the boss. Love it.

16 July 2010

Although he might be right in blaming the management, he has also been outraced by his team mate in all races bar two. Forget expectations of the family name, he is struggling to keep up with his rookie team mate.

16 July 2010

The poor boy can't even send an email without f**king it up. What an eedjut.

16 July 2010

Kollas is a complete baffoon and in my opinion offers nothing to any team or person in F1, so all that Senna wrote was most likely the truth!

16 July 2010

Reeks of something that comes out of the back end of a male cow to me. Seriously, you're slagging the boss off in an email and you send it to the boss by mistake? Either there is no way he has the intelligence to have a super-licence, or its a story leaked to hide the real truth, much more likely the money story. Teams like that, its all about the money, as long as the 'driver' pays, he drives. No?

16 July 2010

Yamamoto is now to replace Chandok for the next race! It seems to me they are simply offering the drives to the two drivers out of the three who can stump up enough cash.

16 July 2010

Yes and in a few days Autocar will report this news whereas a few other web sites have reported it today

16 July 2010

You have to check out SniffPetrol, they have a copy of the email that Bruno Senna sent...

17 July 2010

Heard the latest Chandok has to miss a couple of races, because his sponsorship money hasn't been payed to the team, so it's not talent that's kept him in the team the has it?

Peter Cavellini.

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