Rebellion Racing’s Bruno Senna has been forced out of the Silverstone FIA World Endurance Championship weekend after a heavy crash in FP1 on Friday.
The Brazilian driver in the #1 Rebellion Racing R13 Gibson suffered a high-speed crash at the Copse corner, immediately bringing out the red flags. Senna got out of the car unaided but was taken to the medical center.
The tests revealed a fracture to his foot, thereby forcing him out of the weekend, leaving Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani to see through the round on their own. He had a surgical boot fitted to stabilise the injury.
The team still managed to finish fourth in the FP1 standings which was led by the #7 Toyota of Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi, followed by #8 Toyota of Sebastien Buemi, Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima.
The sister #3 Rebellion Racing of Mathias Beche, Thomas Laurent and Gustavo Menezes were third ahead of the #1 car in the LMP1 class. After assessing the damage to the car, the team has also decided to skip FP2 in the process.
However, they are confident that the car will be ready for FP3 and the qualifying on Saturday with Lotterer and Jani sharing the cockpit without Senna. With Toyotas dominating, the team is second in the standings after two rounds.
In fact, they are leading the remaining non-hybrid LMP1 cars in the premier category with 38 points to the 12 for ByKolles Racing Team, 10 for SMP Racing and the single point for CEFC TRSM Racing.