Lesson Two: Don’t slag off the boss!
It seems that Bruno Senna’s absence from the HRT cockpit at the British Grand Prix was not due to sponsorship issues – as originally suspected, and in the absence of an alternative explanation – but rather an email mistakenly sent to team boss Colin Kolles.
The indication that there was probably more to the story was suggested when the team rather quickly confirmed that Bruno would be back in the cockpit for the following round, the German Grand Prix.
Germany’s Auto Bild is suggesting that a mistakenly-sent email could be the reason for his absence.
It reports that Senna wrote an email that was highly critical of Kolles’ management style, which he accidentally sent to the professionally-trained dentist-cum-manager.
That Kolles is regarded as not always being the easiest figure in the pit lane is irrelevant, but Auto Bild certainly feels that Kolles took umbrage with Senna’s alleged criticism and elected to suspend his driver for this act of insubordination.
Ironically, this parallels a situation of his late uncle, Ayrton who, in his maiden F1 season in 1984, was suspended by the Toleman team for one race (the Italian Grand Prix) for breaking his multi-year contract by signing with the Lotus team for 1985 after a single season with the British team.
What is equally interesting is that Auto Bild also suggests that it was Senna’s team-mate Karun Chandhok who was most under threat of losing his seat to Yamamoto at the British Grand Prix, due to alleged late sponsorship payments.
That his bacon was saved by a late sponsorship announcement with Indian promotions group Jaypee Sports, coupled with Senna’s alleged gaffe, is certainly auspicious timing indeed!
[Original image via AUTOSPORT]