Senna one of four targeting Lotus seat

Bruno Senna (BRA) Lotus Renault GP (Right) with team mate Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Lotus Renault GP.

Bruno Senna

Dec.5 (GMM) Bruno Senna is in the running among at least another trio of rivals to become Kimi Raikkonen’s race teammate at Lotus Renault for the 2012 season.

One of them is Adrian Sutil, who thinks that after his best ever season with Force India, it is “absurd” that he has not already been offered a new contract.

“Yes, I totally agree,” he told F1’s official website, adding that he would happily switch to Renault and have 2007 world champion Raikkonen as his new teammate.

“Kimi would be a great and very strong teammate,” he said.

Previously thought the strongest contender for a Lotus seat next year, the Genii-managed GP2 champion Romain Grosjean will test BMW’s new DTM car in Spain this week.

“I dream of returning to racing in F1,” the Frenchman is quoted by Finland’s Turun Sanomat, “and especially with Kimi it could be something really special in terms of my career.”

Another contender is Vitaly Petrov, who actually has a valid contract for 2012. But the Russian and his manager Oksana Kosachenko have admitted that paperwork is not everything in the world of formula one.

“Of course I was surprised and of course I’m disappointed,” he is quoted by Germany’s Sport1, referring to the fact that the Raikkonen signing triggered speculation about his own future.

Petrov told the Race of Champions website he is hoping for news in “a few days”.

“Next year I would do another step and, together with Kimi in one team, it would be good fun,” he said.

“He is experienced and I want very much to be part of this team.”

According to the words of team owner Gerard Lopez, however, a change of approach for 2012 sounds the most likely route for Lotus.

“We’ve given some drivers the chance to shine. I think they have done ok, but have not all lived up to expectations, but it’s difficult because it’s formula one,” he said.

  • Dharmik

    I think Sutil is the one who deserves a race seat for 2012 for sure. He has proven himself all the way long. He has matured a driver with less mistakes especially in 2011. Hope to see him in the cockpit next year around. Best of luck Sutil.

  • Dharmik

    Sutil deserves to have a race seat for 2012…

  • Mild_seven

    Have to agree . This year sutil did a great job driving and got P9 in the drivers. Maybe its time for the Bigger teams to take him in !

  • Uday Motwani

    If anyone deserves a seat then it’s Sutil in the Lotus! A strong paring of Raikkonen & Sutil will surely give the top teams a run for their money!

  • Twiinz

    Isn’t the lawsuit against Sutil with a Lotus-Renault employee? Anyone think that may exclude Adrian or at least be a negative? I don’t get why Force India don’t resign him anyway. He has helped that team build into a solid mid-pack runner. When Adrian started with them, they were tail enders.

  • http://Yalla Get on wid it

    I think if Petrov has a valid contract he should be in the seat.. The car they gave him at the beginning of 2011 was a diamond in the rough. Management, instead of refining it, stood back and watched it become a lump of coal. All the while blaming the drivers.. The got Kimi, keep Petrov,,hire Berger,Get rid of Boullier,build a decent car and go racing.