Bruno Senna says he is aiming to make his own name in Formula 1 starting next year, when the Brazilian will make his grand prix debut with the Campos Meta team.
"I hope, in a short time, that everybody remembers me for being Bruno, myself, and not for my uncle's surname," Senna, nephew of three-time World Champion Ayrton, told reporters during his official presentation as a Campos driver in Murcia, Spain. "I've learned to live with it and, although it helped me at the beginning to find sponsors and find contacts, to be a driver you need to have a natural talent."
The 2008 GP2 runner-up came close to racing in Formula 1 with the Brawn team in 2009, but the squad opted to retain Rubens Barrichello instead. Senna spent the year racing in the Le Mans Series, but will make the switch to Formula 1 with Spanish team Campos in 2010. Now, the Brazilian says his goal for next year is to help Campos be the most successful of the four new teams.
"I want to score points for my new team and to be the best of all the new teams. Long term I would like to be Formula 1 World Champion – it's not enough just to get there," he added.
Team boss Adrian Campos believes the best is yet to come from Senna. "I wanted to sign him for my GP2 team a few years ago," Campos told EFE. "With the little experience he has, he lapped with Honda in similar times to those of [Jenson] Button. The best from Bruno is yet to come.
"He was runner-up in GP2, something that's not achievable for everybody. These days drivers reach [F1] with 1,200 or 1,300 races behind them. Bruno has 200 at best."
Campos admitted it was looking unlikely to have Pedro de la Rosa in the second car, and said Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado and Russian Vitaly Petrov were the main candidates at the moment.
"I would like to have Pedro de la Rosa, but he's Spanish and there are problems with the sponsorships of Spaniards," Campos said. "There are other options from Russia and Venezuela, but it all depends on the sponsor."
The Spanish team boss, whose team will use Cosworth engines next year, said he was upbeat by the progress made by the company so far. "Cosworth is going a great job with the engine, which they say could be the big surprise. I would be happy to be close to Mercedes and Ferrari. According to the data from the dyno that I get every two weeks, we are there. We are just lacking a bit on the power curve."