BBC commentator Martin Brundle believes Bruno Senna is not as good a talent as Bruno Senna his late uncle, Ayrton, but urged caution when asked if a deeper analysis of the Brazilian rookie was warranted.

Brundle – who staged a fierce battle with Ayrton for the 1983 British F3 crown, which eventually went to the Brazilian – is now seeing the nephew compete in the same F1 arena as his esteemed uncle.

He also went on to describe the physical similarity between Bruno and Ayrton as “spooky”, particularly when viewing them through the crash helmet.

Says Brundle: "Senna is a fine young driver and seems a very good human being. His GP2 performance suggests that he is worthy of a chance in F1 but it is fair to say he doesn’t appear to have the potential of his late uncle Ayrton.”

But Brundle warned that Senna should be judged too harshly in 2010.

Then why did you just do so, Martin?

Remember that Bruno was a near shoo-in for the vacant seat at Brawn GP in 2009, which eventually went to Rubens Barrichello – who knows what he could have achieved in what turned out to be such a competitive car?

"Given the Hispania car that he is driving, it is virtually impossible to make any further judgement at this time," Brundle added.

Indeed, Martin!

[Original image via The Cahier Archive]

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