Senna Confirms Honda, Toro Rosso Testing

Rumor or not, the first step towards Senna making his F1 debut with Honda was made earlier this week. Shortly after the season finale at Interlagos, Honda announced that they will be testing GP2 runner-up Bruno Senna in 3 weeks time, at Barcelona. Both the team's CEO Nick Fry and team principal Ross Brawn confirmed that the Brazilian will be testing the RA108 – this year's car – on November 17-19th.

“We are delighted to provide Bruno with the opportunity to test for us later this month as we continue to explore all the driver options available to us for next season. After an impressive year in GP2 this will be a chance for Bruno to prove that he is ready to make the step up to Formula One.”

“Our objective is to have the best drivers available to us next season and our evaluation of Bruno's performance will be rigorous. We are looking forward to seeing how he performs. Over the next two weeks Bruno will be spending a lot of time with us at our Brackley base, working closely with our engineers and on the simulator to ensure he is fully prepared for this important test,” said Brawn after the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Fry backed Brawn's statement, adding: “We want to look at some new guys. think it is important that we bring some fresh blood into F1. There are some good guys out there and we want to try them out. It doesn't mean we have definitely decided to go that route but we want to evaluate all the options open to us - and we will only be testing people who have not got great experience in an F1 car.”

Senna, on the other hand, expressed his enthusiasm on testing for the Japanese manufacturer this autumn, while admitting he will also test for Toro Rosso later this year. Depending on who wants him more in 2009, he hopes to secure a racing seat by the end of the year.

“I am obviously very excited about being given my first Formula One test and to have that opportunity with Honda is a dream come true. I'm excited about getting in the car in two weeks' time but I know this is a big opportunity so I want to learn as much as I can before I get to Barcelona. I hope to show the team what I can do, so it's up to me now to do a good job.”

“I will test with both teams. It's going to depend on these tests before we can talk about something official,” concluded the Brazilian.
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