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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FriendlyFisherman 9 July 2010

Re: Senna axed by HRT

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.

Peter Cavellini 9 July 2010

Re: Senna axed by HRT

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?

shortbread 9 July 2010

Re: Senna axed by HRT

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.