Senna open to future IndyCar road and street course deal

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Bruno Senna is open to a future drive in the Verizon IndyCar Series for road and street courses, saying he would “totally do it”.

The nephew of racing icon Ayrton Senna, Bruno has spent the past two years balancing drives in Formula E and sportscars, having previously enjoyed a stint in Formula 1 with Williams, Lotus and HRT.

During a Facebook Live Q&A for Formula E, Senna expressed an interest in a future IndyCar drive, but said he would not race on ovals due to the wishes of his family following Ayrton’s death during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

“Yes, I always think about IndyCar, it’s something I would love to race,” Senna said.

“But I would not race ovals in a single-seater because the risk is high. It’s not a personal thing only, but also my family.

“I cannot put my family through that sort of stress again of having a big crash that will damage me or kill me. I think it’s agreed in my family that I’m not suppose to race that.

“If I got a deal to race only the street courses, I would totally do it.”

Senna raced for Mahindra in the first two seasons of Formula E, but is not set to return to the team for the third campaign, set to begin in Hong Kong on October 9.

However, the Brazilian is relaxed about his plans, saying he could take a year away from Formula E before returning for season four.

“The answer is we don’t know yet,” Senna said when asked if he would be returning.

“I’m pretty relaxed at the moment. I have good racing programmes going on for next year.

“I hope I can continue in Formula E next year, but if I don’t do it next year, there’s nothing stopping me coming back the year after. So let’s wait and see.”

Senna is set to take on more sportscar duties for 2017, including further drives with McLaren’s GT operation and even a seat in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

“I am already organising to drive for McLaren next season,” Senna said.

“I’ll do more races for them. This year I’ve only done the 24 Hours of Spa.

“This year LMP2 is going really well for us, we’re doing the World Endurance Championship and we’re second in the championship, so we’re fighting for the championship until the end, and the plan is to continue with that as well.

“There are plans to race in the US as well with the prototypes, so racing is going very well and so far the plans are that. We’ll see what happens with Formula E.”

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.