The British luxury automotive marque, Aston Martin, this week announced their 2013 motorsport programme and driver-line-up. Editor Simon Wittenberg caught up with Bruno Senna, the nephew of the legendary Brazilian Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna, who will be at the wheel of the #99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE race car in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
LM: What have been your most extravagant luxuries to date?
BS: I had a friend’s Porsche GT2 in my garage for a while, but my own extravagances are watches. My collection includes a few different brands such as Hublot, Tag Heuer, and Bvlgari.
BS: I don’t have an Aston Martin yet, but hopefully they will lend me one, so I can drive around and cruise in style! I actually drive a Volkswagen at home which works perfectly for me.
LM: Have you driven the new Vanquish?
BS: Not yet, but I am excited about doing so. First of all, I am looking forward to driving the race car because I haven’t had the opportunity. But then of course the road cars are amazing. They are super sleek and super luxurious, and they go fast as well!
LM: Going back in time, growing up with Ayrton, he lived a very jet set lifestyle that came with Formula 1. How did it influence you and did you share in that at all?
BS: Of course Ayrton was wealthy and he bought the family a lot of nice things. We have a nice beach house, and we enjoyed being there with him and going on the boat. However, it is very important for you to be your own person, and achieve your own things. Therefore, I will never try to hang on the back of what Ayrton did. It is great that he enjoyed his life and I hope that I can do the same.
BS: The beach house in Brazil is really where I love to go the most. Unfortunately I do not go very often, maybe once or twice a year, but it is the perfect place to rest and enjoy nature.
LM: Do you think you will have more time to enjoy luxuries being away from Formula 1?
BS: I think now I will have a bit more time. Formula 1 is extremely busy and you get to travel to many nice places, but this is mostly for work, so you don’t really get to see these destinations so well. Maybe in GT racing, I will have a few more days available to go and enjoy myself.
LM: And your favourite hotel?
BS: I think the best hotel that I have stayed in is the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
LM: Thank you for time Bruno, and we wish you the very best of luck for the new season.