Bruno Senna has called time – for the moment at least – on his F1 career by announcing that he has signed with Aston Martin to contest the GTE Pro category of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship.
After being dropped from Williams’ driver line-up at the end of the season in favour of test driver Valtteri Bottas, the 29-year-old had held talks with a number of teams during the off-season to try and remain in Formula 1.
In the end, Senna opted to return to the endurance racing scene, having previously raced in selected rounds in 2009 for the ORECA squad, picking up podium finishes in Spain and Portugal.
This year, Senna will drive Aston Martin’s Vantage GTE with Frederic Makowiecki in a full-time eight-race campaign. The pair will be joined by Rob Bell for the longer-distance Spa 6 Hours and 24 Hours of Le Mans events.
Senna’s 46 Grand Prix career included stints for the likes of Hispania Racing, Lotus and Williams, achieving a best finish of sixth place.