The names ‘Senna’ and ‘Lotus’ are together again, although you won’t see the famous pairing challenging for race wins. It’s not Ayrton and not a Lotus chassis, but the late great’s nephew Bruno has joined Lotus Renault GP as third and reserve driver. According to the team, Bruno’s test driving role with “is very development focussed and will see him provide valuable input into all Lotus cars, both track and road.”

“It’s a really exciting opportunity from both Group Lotus and Lotus Renault GP. To be able to develop my Formula 1 career within a World Championship winning organisation and to do so in conjunction with some hugely interesting work for such an iconic sports car company as Lotus is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“Lotus has placed a great deal of faith in me and I am looking forward to beginning work on the technical side of our relationship. Giving feedback into the development of the Lotus road and race programs will be a fun but challenging way to spend time between my Formula 1 commitments as a reserve driver for Lotus Renault GP,” Bruno Senna said.

Lotus Director of Motorsport Claudio Berro is happy with signing the ex-HRT man. “We’re delighted to have Bruno on board. In his young motorsport career he’s built up a great armoury of skills and experience. He’s a fast learner and this talent combined with his ability to shift between different types of race car will make him a great asset to Lotus. Normally people like to talk about the ‘technology transfer’ between F1 and road cars but in Bruno’s case we’re opening this up to an intellectual transfer – we’re certainly going to keep him busy!”

Lotus Renault GP’s two race seats are filled by Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov. Their army of test drivers include Senna, Romain Grosjean, Ho-Pin Tung, Jan Charouz and Malaysia’s Fairuz Fauzy.