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Senna is out, Grosjean to take his place

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Scott Webber, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. Scott Webber

    Scott Webber

    Bruno Senna has all but been told that his days at Renault are number after Eric Boullier revealed he wants Romain Grosjean in the car next year.

    There has been a lot of talk about Renault's 2012 line-up in recent weeks especially as fans around the world await word on whether or not Robert Kubica can return to Formula One next season.

    The Pole has been out since suffering horrific injuries in a rally accident in February with his 2011 race-seat going to first Nick Heidfeld and then Bruno Senna.

    But like Heidfeld was dropped in favour of putting Senna in the car, it appears that Boullier is ready to the same to Senna after admitting he wants GP2 Champ Grosjean to race should Kubica not be able to make a return.
    "He (Grosjean) is part of the plan," Boullier told the official F1 website. "We would like to have him in the car if Robert cannot come back.

    "It is true that in 2009 he was not ready to be in Formula One and he clearly burnt himself. Even so his performance was quite good - he was only three-tenths off the pace of Fernando even though the car was not very good at that time, which makes it even more difficult for a young driver to step into F1.

    "When he runs on Fridays he shows that he can deliver and gives good feedback. Clearly the guy has talent and everybody is convinced about that. It is my job to make him ready to step in."
    There could yet be a twist in the tale, though, as while Vitaly Petrov has a contract for next season - and much-needed financial backing - his recent rant at the team could cost him his place.

  2. Xosé Estrada

    Xosé Estrada

    Let's see how he performs in his second chance!
  3. Péter Bártfai

    Péter Bártfai

    I think he will do fine! He wasn't even that bad considering he didn't have much chance to test the car in 2009 before he had to jump in it.
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  4. Bram Hengeveld

    Bram Hengeveld
    Founder Staff Premium

    Instead of changing the drivers constantly at Lotus Renault they can better fire some of the engineers that managed to mess up a racing car that was ranked fifth fastest team in the beginning of the year and now competes with Virgin and HRT.

    Shame to see Senna leave as he did quite okay, but then again so did Heidfeld
  5. Robin Chung

    Robin Chung

    Agree with Bram. Renault need to make up their minds and get their act together.
  6. Chris Butcher

    Chris Butcher
    Red Bull Gridsters 2012 Champion

    Senna was always overrated IMO, and if we are honest, is only where he is because of the name. Grosjean is a good driver, just never given a good shot. Let's hope he pulls it off in 2012.
  7. Ben Tusting

    Ben Tusting

    Senna has had 1 good session! and that was Spa, where he walked over Petrov. in Qualy.
    Think he might of done well at Hungary, but can't rem
    The rest of the races, he hasn't done much.

    Heidfed didn't always qualy well, but always did better in the races.

    He should still be in the team. If it wasn't for MR Eric Boullierrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, what a idiot.
  8. Kyle Puttifer

    Kyle Puttifer

    OH GOD NO!
    All this buffeting about is only going to trash Bruno's confidence, and a new driver needs some consistency. Would you believe that since is GP debut in a pile of sand in 2010, he is yet to complete a full season?