Bruno Senna drives his uncle’s Lotus 98T, and the resemblance is uncanny

Bruno Senna drives his uncle’s Lotus 98T, and the resemblance is uncanny

In the lead up to the 20th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, Sky Sports conducted some filming today at Donington Park for one of the features that will be run during “Senna Week” on the network.

As part of the event, Ayrton’s nephew, Bruno, got behind the wheel of his uncle’s famous Lotus 98T car that he drove during the 1986 season. This was the last Lotus car to feature that famous John Player Special black and gold livery, and it took Senna to two wins and fourth place in the drivers’ championship.

Given that Bruno’s helmet is very similar to his uncle’s, when he jumped in the car to complete a few laps, the resemblance was uncanny.

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That’s Bruno at Donington today. Below is Ayrton racing at Brands Hatch in 1986.

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Sky pundit Martin Brundle also took the car for a spin, as well as Senna’s first Formula 1 car, the Toleman TG184. He was joined by Damon Hill who also got the chance to drive the car.

This isn’t the first time that Bruno has driven one of Ayrton’s cars, having honoured the 10th anniversary of his death with a run-out at Interlagos back in 2004.

You can see the full gallery from Octane Photographic by clicking here.

Images courtesy of Octane Photographic and Wikimedia Commons.

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