Silly Season rumors: Changes at Virgin and Senna to Lotus

Whoa. This one hits me as a big surprise. But still chalk it up as rumor.

Bruno Senna may be in line to replace Jarno Trulli at Lotus, where he’d partner with Heikki Kovalainen. Talk about unimpressing your way into a better seat.

The BBC is re-reporting this rumor, which originates with Senna’s home country paper, Globo Esporte.

That seems like a bit of a shocker. Yes, the name combination makes you all weak in the knees, but Senna’s on-track performance hasn’t done the same this year. Qualification to that: He’s been in the HRT, which we know isn’t allowing anyone to show their talents.

So, if this one turns out true, is it more marketing or do you think Lotus has seen something in Senna? (I’m certainly on record saying I don’t see a lot of reason to keep Trulli. I’d think he and Heikki can over the same level of development feedback, but Trulli doesn’t seem to bring any fan base. I think Heikki does, especially if Kimi isn’t around. And we know Senna will.)

The stronger rumor today involves a change at Virgin, which again the BBC is re-reporting from the Dutch Belgium Hat Nieuwblad. It suggests that Renault reserve driver Jerome d’Ambrosio is “95%” certain to be one of Virgin’s drivers next year.

Says who? Only Eric Bouiller, who not only is the Renault team boss but d’Ambrosio’s manager. And my rusty Dutch Belgian suggests he’ll be teaming with Timo Glock. No surprise there, right?

Anyone know much about Jerome? An uptick in talent?

And, for Grace’s sake, I will ask: Is it smart to be changing drivers mid-stream like this? Would consistency for a few years be better?

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