McLaren GT has signed former F1 driver Bruno Senna to its factory roster for 2015.
The Brazilian, whose late uncle Ayrton Senna who won three drivers’ championships during an iconic tenure with the McLaren marquee, joins Alvaro Parente, Rob Bell and Kevin Estre. Senna will undertake development duties with the new McLaren 650S GT3 racer and Sprint model, as well as racing in select events.
Senna spent three years in Formula One but failed to live up to the lofty expectations attached to his surname, though he has since raced in the World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours as well as competing in the inaugural Formula E championship season.
“It is a great honour for me to be joining McLaren; a team my uncle enjoyed such huge success with, and one of the most famous names in motorsport,” Senna said. “2015 is a big year for the whole of McLaren, and it is an exciting time to be part of everything that is taking place.
“I am looking forward to working with the team at McLaren GT who I had a chance to get to know when I raced at the Spa 24 hour a couple of years ago, and I am really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the new 650S. A lot of effort has gone into the development of the car since the 12C GT3, which I raced, and it made a big impression on its debut at the end of last season. It is shaping up to be a big year ahead.”
Senna raced a predecessor of the 650S, the McLaren 12C GT3, at the 24 Hours of Spa in 2013.