Bruno Senna said his promotion to Renault’s race team “feels like Christmas” and vowed “I will not disappoint.”
In a press release issued by Renault he said: “I am delighted that Lotus Renault GP has offered me the opportunity to become their race driver.
“I’m very motivated to get behind the wheel of the R31. I’ve gained a lot of experience thanks to the time spent with the team this season, and the opportunities I’ve had of driving in Jerez, Duxford and recently in Budapest have whet my appetite to become a successful driver for Lotus Renault GP.
“I am both excited and nervous – it feels like Christmas and my toughest exam have both arrived on the same day! I am really thrilled and motivated to be getting in the car to race in F1 again, especially with such a big team.
“Getting back to racing is something I’ve been craving for a while, and it’s not often you get an opportunity like this with a team of this stature. I feel I am fully prepared to rise to the challenge, and I would like to thank the team for believing in me. I will not disappoint.”
During today’s pre-race press conference Senna revealed he will be driving for the team for the next two races at Spa and Monza.
Team principal Eric Boullier offered no explanation why Nick Heidfeld had been moved aside for Senna: “We are happy to provide Bruno with the chance to begin racing with Lotus Renault GP, starting at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend.
“He has proved himself to be an attentive member of the team since he joined almost seven months ago, and we are confident that he will demonstrate his ability alongside Vitaly.”
2011 Belgian Grand Prix
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