Bourdais Sacked – It’s Official!
Sebastien Bourdais has officially been fired from his seat at Scuderia Toro Rosso.
The French driver, who is one of the most successful ChampCar drivers of all time, never really fired up in Formula One during his one and a half seasons with the former Minardi team.
In 2008, Bourdais came on the scene with great expectations and he had a good debut. However further on into the season, he was involved in various calamities, and became totally outclassed by German team-mate Sebastian Vettel who took Toro Rosso’s first ever win at the Italian Grand Prix.
He was retained for 2009, but became an accident waiting to happen. His incident with Heikki Kovalainen at the British Grand Prix looked the final straw, and after retirement from the German GP, emotional good-byes from Bourdais a man who often bursts into tears looked like the partnership was over.
“In Sebastien’s second year with us, the partnership has not met our expectations and therefore we have decided to replace him as from the next round of the world championship, the Hungarian Grand Prix,” said Franz Tost, team manager.
Whose waiting in the wings? Well, the number 1 most likely replacement for Bourdais is Jaime Alguersuari who has been told to go testing this week with the 2009 car. Bruno Senna, the popular GP2 driver; Nelson Piquet Jr [if he has been sacked] and Takuma Sato [who tested for Toro Rosso during the winter] are all likely candidates for the challenge too. Only time will tell…