Wednesday, 15 July 2009
F1: Piquet Pushed Out, Bourdais Booted.
The driver line-up in Hungary may be a little different than we've become used too, if reports of driver changes are to be believed anyway. It looks like two of F1's underperformers will lose their race seats as the teams head into the second half of the season.
Sebastian Bourdais has been under pressure almost from the minute he re-signed with Toro Rosso, with Nurburgring rumours suggesting that he wouldn't be seen in the car again. Given the Frenchman's record its not hard to understand why Tost and Berger would look to put Alguesuari into the car in preparation for next season - making the Spaniard F1's youngest ever driver, finally eclipsing Mike Thackwell's nearly thirty year old record. Paired with Buemi, Toro Rosso would have an exciting line-up although somewhat lacking in experience - a not insubstantial problem given the testing ban and the need to extract the maximum from Friday and Saturday running on race weekend.
For Nelsinho the problem is going to be more contractual - he was required to score 40% of the team's points by the mid-point of the season and has thus far failed to score any. Given that Alonso, with two world championships under his belt, has managed only 13 that does seem a bit harsh on Piquet the younger, but with Roman Grosjean waiting in the wings its unlikely that Flavio is going to cut him any more slack - although there's nothing in Grosjean's record to suggest he's going to fare any better than Piquet.
Posted by elbowz at 23:14