• Renault come to ‘amicable’ settlement with ousted Heidfeld
• Senna confirmed as team’s driver for final seven races
Brazil’s Bruno Senna will race for Renault for the rest of the Formula One season after the team announced a settlement with Nick Heidfeld that ended the ousted driver’s legal action against them.
“Bruno Senna has been named as a race driver alongside Vitaly Petrov for the remainder of the 2011 Formula One season,” Renault said on Friday.
The news came after a separate statement announcing an “amicable” settlement with Heidfeld to call off a high court hearing on 19 September. The pending legal action had prevented the team from confirming Senna beyond next week’s Italian Grand Prix.
“This announcement enables both parties to bring the matter to a close and concentrate on their respective sporting challenges in the future,” the team said of the Heidfeld agreement.
Senna, nephew of the late three-time world champion Ayrton Senna, replaced the German at the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend and can now look forward to the remaining seven races, with the season ending in his native São Paulo on 27 November.