Bruno Senna has admitted he holds out hopes of being able to stay on the F1 grid next season, and having the prospect of doing so in a more competitive car.

The Brazilian rookie is set to make his Brazilian grand prix debut at Interlagos this Senna remains hopeful of being on the F1 grid next seasonweekend, the same venue where his legendary late uncle won twice in 1991 and 1993.

Recent speculation claims the 27-year-old Hispania Racing driver has held talks with other outfits about the 2011 season, with the latest rumour suggesting he could move to Lotus as its test driver before taking on a full race seat berth in 2012.

Senna’s debut season has perhaps masked the potential of his talent in the very uncompetitive Dallara-designed car, and his form seems to have slipped of late after being out-qualified by Christian Klien (Singapore) and Sakon Yamamoto (Korea) in the last few rounds.

“I have learned a lot, I have gained experience in many ways, and I have the opportunity to fight for a place for next year,” he is quoted in a Portuguese language report by Reuters.

“It’s been a year of learning and growing and it’s giving me the chance to be in Formula One next year,” he added, while confirming that he was in talks about staying in the sport next season.

“We are talking with other teams and we are opening some doors that were maybe not open before … the prospects are good. It would be great to fight for better positions,” he added.

[Original image via Sutton Images]

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