Despite qualifying slowest of all the runners – which he attributes to a systemic handling fault at the rear of his HRT F110 – penalties for team-mate Karun Chandhok and the Virgin Racing cars of Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi saw him start from 21st position.
He held his position off the start line and into Turn 1, only to spear into the Turn 4 tyre barriers and into an early retirement in HRT’s home race.
"[There was] no problem, really, I had a pretty good first and second corner and maybe got carried away a little," he sheepishly explained to the BBC. "I went on the dirt at Turn 3 and ended up in the gravel."
As BBC commentator Martin Brundle pointed out, quite why Bruno thought he would be able to jostle for positions in the slowest car in the field is something he’ll need to rethink. Overdriving such as this – when in reality a steady head is what’s needed – will generally lead to the same fate young Bruno has experienced this weekend.
Oh well, let’s hope he learns this lesson in time for the Monaco Grand Prix – the walls tend to be a bit closer!
[Original image via GP Update]