Italy’s Autosprint is reporting that Bruno Senna’s seat at Hispania Racing is under threat, with suggestions that the 26-year-old could be replaced by the team’s Bruno Senna recently signed and cashed-up test and reserve driver, Sakon Yamamoto.

The Brazilian recently admitted that he harbours concerns that people would question his ability in comparison his late famous uncle, Ayrton, at the wheel of his uncompetitive HRT F110 car.

“There is a fine line between explaining and moaning," he said. "It is very difficult but, in the right place, at the right team and with the right car, I can be world champion.”

The timing of these rumours and Senna’s concerns are certainly odd, given the Brazilian had arguably his best Grand Prix weekend at the Turkish Grand Prix, scoring the team’s first out-qualification of a rival car on Saturday and racing on, if not ahead, of the pace of Virgin’s Lucas di Grassi.

Meanwhile, the rumours that Pedro de la Rosa’s Sauber seat are under threat still persist, in spite of repeated denials from both the de la Rosa and Sauber camps. Further reports in the Italian press – where else? – are claiming that their own Luca Filippi came close to racing in place of de la Rosa at the Turkish Grand Prix, where the Spaniard scored his first race finish since Australia with an 11th place.

Italiaracing claims that reaching an agreement with the 24-year-old GP2 driver was “delayed”, but that he could be present at the Valencia race in four weeks’ time.

Given, however, that the Spanish arm of Burger King will be making its second sponsorship appearance on the rather logo-less Sauber at Valencia – and are doing so by dint of Pedro’s presence – then one would assume that team boss Peter Sauber would be a brave man to knock back the hamburger millions in favour of Filippi’s backing…

Anyone got a pinch of salt?

[Original image via AUTOSPORT]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.