Bruno Senna's future at Renault could be on the rocks...

Bruno Senna’s stock continues to fall after another point-less run at the Korean Grand Prix, just weeks before the Lotus GP Renault team is due to decide on its 2012 driver line-up.

The Brazilian was brought in to replace the supposedly floundering Nick Heidfeld five races ago, but he suffered another nightmare weekend at last weekend’s race in Korea. The 28-year-old qualified seven places behind team-mate Vitaly Petrov, and finished the race out of the points, just ahead of Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus.

Admittedly, the team is clearly struggling in the back half of the season, having scored just six points in as many races – Bruno’s tally is two, courtesy of a ninth-placed finish at the Italian Grand Prix.

But he’s hardly proving the saviour that the Renault team had perhaps expected, and this will not do his prospects any good with the likes of Petrov, Romain Grosjean, and (of course) Robert Kubica all being legitimate candidates in the makeup of the team in 2012.

Certainly his lack of pace did not go down well in the team last weekend.

“Bruno’s 13th position doesn’t pay justice to the pace of the car,” said Renault engineer Ricardo Penteado after the Yeongyam race.

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Richard Bailey

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