By Charles Bradley Friday, May 23rd 2008, 13:21 GMT
GP2 race winner Bruno Senna has spoken of his pride at putting the family name back on the top step of the Monaco podium.
Senna won today's GP2 feature race, despite a scare when a mid-race pile-up negated his lead over renowned Monaco maestro Pastor Maldonado. Despite late-race pressure, Senna held on for a famous victory - 15 years since his uncle Ayrton won his sixth grand prix at the legendary street track venue.
"It was a really amazing feeling to put the Senna name back on top of the podium here," said Bruno. "I plan on doing it a few more times, at other tracks as well as here. I've had critics in the past who've said I'm no good on street circuits. I think this result slaps them in the face."
Senna is now just two points behind series leader Giorgio Pantano, who was the cause of the traffic jam after he was punted off by Sebastien Buemi. Senna survived a post-race scare when stewards interviewed him and team boss Paul Jackson after he passed a number of stationary cars under waved yellow flags.
"That moment really shook the race up," said Senna. "I lost all my advantage, and all the cars were parked on the right, and I thought they were part of the accident. I passed them on the left, and then realised they were just waiting. I thought, 'oh ****' and radio-ed the team, but they said it was okay as I passed them when they were stationary."
Team boss Paul Jackson had checked the situation with race director Charlie Whiting during the event, but was still called before the stewards again after the race to explain the incident.
"It was a confusing situation," said Jackson. "I went to see Charlie to find out if we should let people past again, as the last thing we wanted was to get a penalty. But he said to keep going, and that he didn't have a problem with Bruno passing a stationary car under yellows."
Ah supreme Bruno, supreme! Hopefully the GP2 title to follow...