Bruno Senna would be willing to accept a ‘third driver’ role with another Formula 1 team in the wake of the announcement that his services would no longer be required by the Lotus F1 team (formerly Renault) next year. The Enstone outfit recently confirmed that Romain Grosjean would drive in 2012, leaving Bruno and Vitaly Petrov out of the team.
With next to nil hopes of landing one of the few race seats available for next season, the Brazilian has resigned himself to trying to land a third driver role in the hope of prolonging his career in F1, in which he has run two part-seasons for HRT F1 and Renault.
His eight race appearances with Renault were rather hit-and-miss, coming in as the replacement for the sacked Nick Heidfeld. Having had little running in the R31, Senna was set to struggle, although he did impress with several Q3 qualifying appearances in the underperforming car. However, he proved rather race-rusty, and only made one points’ finish, with ninth place at the Italian Grand Prix.
“To take a third-driver place it would have to be a similar type of role to what certain people had this year with driving on Fridays,” he told AUTOSPORT when asked about his 2012 prospects.
“That allows you to be active and do something relevant with the team. It would have to be with the right team, but it could be an option.”
Despite the Renault team having seemingly ruled Senna out of its roster when they announced Grosjean’s signing, the team would consider retaining his services next year, despite being unable to guarantee what kind of running it could give him, when one considers the limited running that Grosjean and Kimi Räikkönen have had of late.
“Bruno could be a possibility if he doesn’t find a drive elsewhere,” team boss Eroc Boullier confessed.
“He’s very good with his technical feedback and we would need to see how we could give him some running on Fridays. But we would need to balance that with the team because we have two drivers who are new to the current regulations.”
[Original image via The Cahier Archive]