Enjoying the traditional summer F1 vacation in his native Sao Paulo, Senna admitted that securing his F1 stay for an additional year is his only card to play for the remainder of the 2010 campaign, and his other option in case he fails to do that would be “selling coconuts on the beach.”
“In fact, I hope the chance that I will continue (in F1) is 100 per cent. But unfortunately, it is impossible to say. Before the 2009 season, I seemed to have a good chance to race with Honda, but of course it ended up not happening,” said Senna to local reporters, as shown by the GMM news agency.
“In F1, foresight doesn't work – the only thing that does is a signed contract. There are always talks but nothing official. Few teams have guarantees that they will be on the grid. It is not an easy time in F1. We will have to see.”
“It's not so simple, but they (HRT's bosses) are making plans. The best thing would be if I could simply choose the team, because my goal is to stay for many years, not just now. But I do have to work to get assurances that I'll be in F1 next year, either with this team or with another ... it will depend on many things,” added the Brazilian.
Unlike his former teammate Karun Chandhok, Senna's deal was worked out in such a way that he could do a full campaign in the series. Despite missing the Silverstone round – due to a leaked e-mail, presumably – Senna was in the HRT cockpit at all time, while Chandhok has been replaced by Japanese driver Sakon Yamamoto due to lack of financial support.
“I have to accept the difficulties. It is a year of opportunity. It is harder and harder to come in (to F1). As much as I do not have a competitive car, I'm here. It has been a great learning experience,” said Senna, who in his rookie season in F1 has settled to just finishing the races, scoring points being out of the question.