Brazilian replaced fro British GP by Japanese driver Sakon Yamamoto

Bruno Senna has been axed from the HRT team for this weekend’s British grand prix at Silverstone.

Japanese driver Sakon Yamamoto, who competed in 14 grand prix for Super Aguri and Spyker in 2006 and 2007, has replaced him for the race, but Senna’s manager Chris Goodwin has dismissed claims that he had been sacked as "absolutely ridiculous".

Yamamoto will race alongside Karun Chandhok for HRT, a team which has struggled for pace in its debut season in Formula One.

HRT is expected to clarify Senna’s future at HRT in a statement later today.

The Brazilian’s best finish so far this season was 16th in Malaysia and China.

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9 July 2010

The team needs technical guidance from an established driver, but Yamamoto isn't exactly brimming with credibility. Does he come with fat wallet instead?

At least Bruno Senna has once and for all proved that he is nothing special. His great uncle became a name by out racing his teamate and put his early cars (Toleman) into positions it had no right to be in, hence why he was quickly promoted to drive for the big boys.

9 July 2010

[quote Autocar]but Senna’s manager Chris Goodwin has dismissed claims that he had been sacked as "absolutely ridiculous".[/quote] I think someone needs a reality check. Seems like the team have finally realised what everyone has known for some considerable time - Bruno can't carry on the family name in F1 with any credibility.

Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

9 July 2010

Not credibility,more like the media pressure of hoping he had some DNA from the relentless connection to Ayrton Senna, as the seasons have past it's just not happened, it never was there anyway, i feel sorry for people who are expected to achieve greatness just because some person before them was a legend, a hero, of you don't perform, your a zero, a shame really.

Peter Cavellini.

9 July 2010

[quote ordinary bloke]Seems like the team have finally realised what everyone has known for some considerable time - Bruno can't carry on the family name in F1 with any credibility.[/quote]

Not sure if you've been watching any of this years races, but Senna has outqualified and out-finished his team mate in the majority of races so far. To say he's a bad driver is baffling, given the fact he did so well in lower series, and is now driving what is clearly the slowest car on the grid by a large margin. You could put Hamilton/Alonso/Vettel in that car and they'd barely do any better.

I would imagine this is down to sponsorship money more than anything else.

9 July 2010

I dont think its just about sposorship money, a Brazilian driver with the surname 'Senna' will find it difficult to attract sponsors!!! He was all over the media prior to F1, boasting of his relationship and milking it.

I agree there was a lot of expectation on him and he hasnt delivered, but there are pros and cons of being related to a great, I dont think Bruno would have even made it to F1 without the Senna name. His far less illustrious team mate has finished better than him in Malaysia, Spain, Monaco, Turkey, Canada and Valencia. The writing was always on the wall.

9 July 2010

Ahh!, but you see if your second name is Hill or Senna ,Villinueve your expected to be talented, ie, be able to make a skip go faster than a car, you know what i mean?

Peter Cavellini.

9 July 2010

Its easy to just go with the sheep and write off Senna but he has produced results in the lower formulae. The HRT is a dog of a car, its got no downforce or mechanical development in it. Before condeming Senna I'd like to see him given a season with an established team. Not sure what this little fiasco is about, sure it will come to light, but I see he is now back for the rest of the season. One would have to think sponsorship money not coming through on time, given the state the team is in.

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