Now, he’s a member of the McLaren P1 GTR Driver Program that will be underway soon. The program follows a strict calendar of events where drivers start off with race-seat fitting and performance testing before taking a seat in McLaren’s racing simulator. Once the initial consultation is done, drivers will take a shot at running a 2016 McLaren P1 GTR around various tracks like the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, and Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi.
It goes without saying that a man like Senna doesn’t need help driving a McLaren P1 GTR, so that isn’t why he is a part of the program. He joined the program as a mentor to help other drivers prepare to hit the track in the beast of a supercar. His role is to help drivers learn to safely take advantage of the increased performance that the GTR has. In coordination with the Bespoke training schedule, Senna will help each driver hone his skills so that he can push himself and the P1 GTR to the limit. It is only a matter of time before the program kicks off, as the first customer version of the GTR is now on its way to McLaren Special Operations, where it will be optimized and made race ready.
It doesn’t take a college education to know that it requires special skill and countless hours of training to pilot a monster like the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR. This driver program is like a little added insurance for customers, as the car will come delivered with trained drivers as well – and who better to teach them than McLaren’s very own factory driver. I’ve always been a fan of McLaren, and I can still remember the first time I heard the 627 Horses scream from the 1993 McLaren F1. In my opinion the original F1 was one of the best cars ever built, and I can’t wait to see how the P1 GTR performs.
Bruno showed talent from an early age when he raced karts against his uncle but was a latecomer to professional motorsport, not making his competitive race debut until 2004 in the Formula BMW UK Championship. Since then he’s carved out an impressive career for himself working his way up to Formula 1. 2005 saw Senna compete in British Formula 3, finishing third in the following season and graduating to GP2 in 2007 with Arden International. He finished fourth on his debut and scored his first win in the feature race in Spain at the following event. He signed for iSport International in 2008 and narrowly missed out on the title after securing two wins, six podiums and three pole positions.
In 2008, Bruno had his first taste of Formula 1 with a test for Honda, briefly moving to sportscars until he returned in 2010 to make his debut with the newly-formed Hispania Racing team. In 2012, he moved to Williams before switching to the FIA World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin.