Senna hopes that Massa remains in F1 beyond 2013

Felipe Massa with Bruno Senna in 2012

Felipe Massa with Bruno Senna in 2012

Bruno Senna has resigned himself to the fact that his Formula 1 career is probably over, but he hopes that countryman Felipe Massa keeps flying the Brazilian flag at the highest level of motorsport.

The nephew of Formula 1 great Ayrton Senna, Brazilian Bruno Senna, now 29, raced until last year with HRT, Renault and Williams, scoring 33 career points.

He now drives for Aston Martin in the FIA’s world endurance sports car championship, and has left the door open to a switch to Indy or NASCAR, in 2014.

Senna said that he would “never close the door” on a return to Formula 1 either.

“But the chance of getting a competitive car there is low,” he told Brazil’s Globo, “so I’m not too worried about [a return to F1].

“I do hope that Brazil will not be without a driver in F1,” added Senna, referring to Felipe Massa’s push to stay in the sport after losing his Ferrari seat.

“It is difficult to know what will happen – the teams are always in negotiation, [and] he is a fighter,” said Senna.

“His results this year have been good; much more consistent than a year or two ago. I’m hoping he can represent Brazil next year.” (GMM)

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