Bruno Senna says he’s looking forward to competing in the Brazilian GP for the first time, at a track where his uncle Ayrton Senna was so revered by the home crowd.
Senna has never raced in his home country, having started his career in the UK.
“Interlagos will be quite emotional,” he told this blog. “The big build-up for me is in myself. It’s going to be the first time in my life that I’m going to race at home. I never did any competitive racing in Brazil – nothing.
“I’ve been to the Grand Prix in the last few years, but it’s not the same thing. You’re not on the grid. Rubens told me it’s a great ambience when you’re driving in Interlagos, it’s really, really special.
“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be tough, because the Brazilian supporters are very demanding, so they expect you to take the car that finishes last on the grid and take a pole or get a win if it’s wet, which is not very realistic! But nonetheless it’s going to be a great experience, for sure.”
Although he was successful in GP2 Senna says his fame in Brazil has grown massively since the start of this season.
“When you go into F1, especially in your own country, people know you. Even if you’re not in the front, people will know you, because F1 is such a popular sport in Brazil. I think now people have been aware of me for the whole year, so going to Brazil at the end of it is quite busy.”