Mother admits Senna drive with HRT was risky

(L to R): Vivianne Senna (BRA) with Bruno Senna (BRA) Arden International. GP2 Series, Rd 2, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, Friday 11 May 2007. DIGITAL IMAGE

Bruno with his mother Vivianne Senna

Mar.12 (GMM) HRT was a “risky team” for her son Bruno Senna to drive for in 2010, the Brazilian’s mother Vivianne has admitted.

Senna, whose mother is the sister of the late, great Ayrton Senna, went on to race for Renault (now Lotus) last year and for 2012 has switched to Williams.

“What matters is that the team can give Bruno the best conditions to develop his ability,” Vivianne Senna told TV Globo.

“I was not happy with Hispania. They had no spare parts, so if something was broken it would be patched up for the next race. You never knew when the next thing was going to break.

“Yes, that was a risky team,” she admitted.

Many observers see 2012 as 28-year-old Senna’s last chance to prove whether he has even a shadow of the abilities of his famed uncle.

Vivianne insisted: “People remember Ayrton the winner, the champion, but few remember how long he took to get there.

“Bruno went from nothing to F1 in five years. It’s an unfair comparison to those who have done it (racing) for their whole lives.”

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