November 14, 2007
It's one of the most surreal moments we've ever had. We extend a hand to Bruno Senna, the GP2 racing ace who has been giving guidance to the development of Ferrari Challenge on PS3, DS and PS2. As he shakes it, we look up to meet his eyes and are quite taken aback by the family likeness. For Bruno is the nephew of the late, great Ayrton Senna - the three-times Formula One World Champion who tragically died at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994. And Bruno looks just like a younger version of him.Of course, the 24-year-old before us is now a successful racing driver in his own right (indeed living up to his uncle Ayrton's public remark "If you think I'm good, you should see my nephew Bruno") and he sure knows his stuff. Refreshingly, he gave us some frank and entertaining answers to our questions - as well as some driving tips - while demoing the PS3 version to us at the GR offices.
Take a look at the video, where you can see the game in action on our massive TV, as well as hear Bruno talk about how Ayrton Senna really wasn't very good at his own licensed game, Super Monaco Grand Prix II. He also admits he finds manual gears are difficult on the PS3 pad. We assume he uses manual in real life. Or is there something you're not telling us, Bruno?
Once you've seen the vid, read on to see what we thought of our hands-on time with the game.
Above: Bruno in action in real-life GP2, his helmet decal echoing his late uncle Ayrton's