• Indian Grand Prix

Stray dogs on the track is not acceptable - Senna

Laurence Edmondson
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Bruno Senna: "When I arrived at the track I saw that exact dog walking around the entrance to the paddock" © Getty Images
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Bruno Senna said he could barely believe a dog managed to get on the track during Friday practice at the Indian Grand Prix and has said he will raise the issue at the drivers' meeting.

Senna has past experience with stray dogs on racing circuits after hitting one in 2008 during a GP2 race in Turkey. On Friday the dog managed to scamper away without causing an accident - although the session had to be stopped - but Senna said the circuit must take greater care for the rest of the weekend.

"For sure, in the drivers' briefing I'll make sure to raise the issue," he said. "It's funny because when I arrived at the track I saw that exact dog walking around the entrance to the paddock. But the fact that the dog actually got on the track is just difficult to believe.

"Anyway, we can see now that they are taking it very seriously since my incident in 2008 by red flagging the session, they are taking the precautions. Let's hope that they pay more attention to uninvited animals on the track."

From a performance point of view, Senna said he was much happier with his Renault than he had been at the previous two Friday practice sessions when he admitted to making mistakes with setup calls.

"It was a good day, we had some good work," Senna added. "It was different from the last two races, we had a very normal Friday. We could work without any major problems on the car, focus on getting the car right and learn the track and I think this was a major difference to what we had at the last two races. This makes my life much easier and I think tomorrow we are much closer to the ballpark of where we should be with the balance of the car.

"There's still good improvement to be made if we can, but if we can achieve that I'm sure we can be more competitive. Our race pace has been quite strong and it should be an interesting race so maybe we can score points again."