Bruno Senna sounds decidedly unhappy with the news that Christian Klien has been added as a reserve driver for the team and that he’ll get some time behind the wheel.
Autosport apparently found Bruno in a talkative mood.
“We have to wait until tomorrow to see if there is any benefit from the experience of the third driver in terms of development of the car, in terms of what direction he can take the team,” Senna told reporters in Barcelona on Thursday.
“But in my opinion, because we had no testing at the beginning of the season, the race drivers must do every mile possible. You can see that very few teams are giving mileage to the third driver on Fridays and it’s only because they have simulators that the drivers can go there and use.
“I prefer to do as many miles as I can and make sure I can get used to the car before I go to a qualifying session. For me every mile makes a difference. Fortunately I know this track very well, so I know I can pick up pace quite quickly, but we’ll see.”
Ouch… channeling your uncle much, Bruno?
And if that wasn’t enough, Bruno goes on to… well, I’m tempted to say “blast” the team, but that might be a bit harsh.
“We haven’t got much in terms of performance,” he said. “We have some new bits in the car for the suspension and things like this, but they are not really performance-related. They will unlock a little bit of performance but they are more towards the drivability of the car and also control.
“I think it should be better for our consistency and better for the tyres. But in terms of pure performance updates we are a bit short.”
He added: “In the end we are still a bit behind in terms of our schedule as well, and what we expect to happen is that maybe in two months’ time we get a big update for performance. If you are one or two months late to start then it’s pretty normal to be quite late in the development as well.”
My reaction to this is: Did you not see which logo was on the contract you signed? It wasn’t a Prancing Pony (or even a Marlboro box). Bruno, you’re going to be at the dull end of the grid, and for a while. Man up!
But back to Klien. Anyone think Bruno’s reaction is a hint that there is more problems lurking below the surface? You’ve got to assume that Bruno’s been even more blunt with the team than what he says to the media.