Trading in a Formula 1 career for a life competing in sports cars in the World Endurance Championship might not seem like a natural transition for the Bruno Senna, but according to the 29-year-old Aston Martin Racing driver, the move has been incredibly rewarding.
He's making his second visit to race in America this weekend for the combined ALMS and WEC event at Circuit of The Americas, and says he's enjoyed racing in the U.S. so much, he's working with the AMR team (BELOW) to add more trips next year to participate in TUDOR United SportsCar Championship events.
“Last March when we raced at Sebring, the race was really, really tough and the competition was very strong,” he said in a RACER exclusive. “The Corvettes were very strong; a lot of the American teams are strong. The competition is always strong and the tracks are very different. This is like a track in Europe. You have runoff areas, everything is open, everything is pretty safe. Whereas you go to Sebring or Road Atlanta, the walls are near and you pay for your mistakes... For sure, I think it's a bit more old-school racing in the States. It's much less political, which is amazing.
“Racing in Europe is extremely political but in the States it's just racing for the passion of racing. It's nice. We're negotiating with [AMR] is to do as many races as possible in the championship here. The championships are aggregating, getting closer and closer. It's going to take a few years for the regulations to all come together and everything to be at the same level everywhere in the world. But really my intention is to come and do the racing here as well as in Europe, and maybe a few in Asia.”
Rumors of Senna looking at a possible IndyCar Series switch have decreased lately, but he admitted that if the chance presented itself, he'd welcome a move to open-wheel racing in America.
“At the moment, the WEC and the IndyCars, they have too many clashes,” he added. “At the moment I'm happy where I am and I think the tendency is to continue where it is, but if there is a proposal in IndyCars, why not? Even a test would be a good start, which I would like to arrange. I would love to race in the States. It would be pretty cool.
The likelihood of Senna coming to IndyCar appears to be slim, but he believes it could have a greater number of his young countryman looking to the series for options that don't exist in Europe.
“I think you might surprise yourself with the path that Brazilians are taking now because F1 has become a bit of a funny thing,” he said. “I think lots of Brazilians are looking for alternatives. So you might see some new Brazilians coming on.”