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Formula E: Senna upbeat in spite of difficult first season

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Mahindra Racing’s Bruno Senna is remaining upbeat in spite of a difficult first season in the FIA Formula E championship that has seen him finish no higher than fifth in the opening eight rounds.

Senna joined Mahindra alongside former Hispania F1 teammate Karun Chandhok for the inaugural season of the electric-powered series, and has led the team’s charge to rank tenth in the drivers’ standings.

Speaking to the official Formula E website, Senna admitted that his first year in the championship had not gone entirely to plan and that the title was out of reach, but he feels that the underlying pace shown by Mahindra has been impressive.

“Well, it’s mathematically possible,” Senna said when asked about his title aspirations. “It’s a bit too far from us unfortunately.

“We’ve had a few too many losses not through our fault. Whenever we had a race that we actually competed in, we were very competitive.

“So we did some good comeback races and drives through the field, so I think in that sense we’re looking good, but we need to put everything together to be able to be on the podium and on the top step of the podium in the future.”

Senna also said that he hoped to see a round in Brazil join the Formula E calendar in the not-too-distant future following the success of compatriots Nelson Piquet Jr and Lucas di Grassi at the top of the standings.

“We need a few Brazilian drivers who are winning, which we already have,” Senna said. “Obviously we need a race in Brazil, so let’s work for that.”

The penultimate round of the Formula E season takes place next weekend in Moscow, Russia, ahead of the final double-header round in London at the end of June.