Senna to replace Heidfeld in Belgium

Bruno Senna is the nephew of Ayrton Senna, the three-time world champion who died in 1994.

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  • Bruno Senna will replace Nick Heidfeld for Renault at the Belgian Grand Prix
  • Bruno is the nephew of late Formula legend Ayrton Senna
  • The Brazilian has not raced since the final grand prix of the 2010 season
Brazilian driver Bruno Senna will replace Nick Heidfeld for Renault at this weekend's Formula One grand prix in Belgium.
Senna, the nephew of three-time world champion Ayrton Senna, joined the British-based team as a test driver in July and has yet to race competitively for the marque.
German racer Heidfeld has picked up 34 points so far this season and secured a podium finish when he crossed the line in third position at April's Malaysian Grand Prix.
Senna's last race was the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November 2010, where he placed 19th for HRT.
The Sao Paulo-born driver competed for Spanish outfit HRT on 18 occasions last season with his best finish of the season a 14th place in South Korea.
Heidfeld, formerly of Sauber, was drafted in by Renault at the start of the 2011 season as a replacement for Robert Kubica, after the Pole suffered injuries to his arms and legs in a rally crash in February.
After his rookie year with Prost in 2000, Heidfeld spent three years with Sauber before joining Jordan in 2004.
The 34-year-old spent a season with Williams in 2005 and returned for a second spell with Sauber, who had be taken over by BMW, in 2006.