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Senna: McLaren connections make FE return “difficult”

Former Mahindra driver Bruno Senna would “love” to return to Formula E, but his McLaren connections would make a comeback difficult.

Senna spent two years racing with Mahindra in FE, picking up a best result of second in the penultimate race of the 2015-16 championship.

Since leaving FE, he has focused on sportscar racing, recently taking the LMP2 World Endurance Championship title with Rebellion Racing. Off-track, the 34-year-old has taken on an ambassadorial role with McLaren and has been heavily involved in the promotion of the manufacturer’s hyper car, the McLaren Senna.

It’s this connection that Senna believes would make returning to a manufacturer-saturated Formula E difficult.

“I’d love to return to FE, but it’s difficult now with McLaren,” he told Just Electric. “I’m an ambassador, so I stick with them. I wouldn’t get myself involved with any other manufacturers and that limits a lot what I can do.”

Nine manufacturers have signed up for Formula E’s fifth season, including Audi and Nissan, but McLaren is yet to show any interest in partnering with a team. However, the company has taken on a non-competitor role, with McLaren Applied Technologies supplying batteries to all 11 teams.

Senna added that this hasn’t played a part in his decision to step away from FE, and hinted that a return couldn’t be ruled out.

“It’s great to be involved with McLaren. We made the car together. We’ll see what happens in the future.”

 

Bethonie Waring

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