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Friday, January 23, 2009

Bourdais to get the nod?

Multiple sources are citing reports in the Swiss and French press that Sebastien Bourdais will be confirmed for Toro Rosso’s second seat in 2009.

Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix: Qualifying

This despite recent conjecture the replacement of a French language translation by Japanese on the STR Web site meant the Frenchman would be replaced by F1 exile Takuma Sato.

Formula One Testing In Barcelona

But thought the site currently lists Bourdais as one of the team’s drivers, STR would only say it would officially name a driver at some point in the future when it confirmed Red Bull product Sebastien Buemi earlier this month.

Heidfeld continues BMW test

Nick Heidfeld got his first crack behind the wheel of BMW Sauber’s F1.09, taking over for Robert Kubica Friday in Valencia.

Strong winds again hampered the test in the morning as the team once again adjusted its focus to reliability. It was able to work on mechanical setup when the weather improved in the afternoon.

The team wraps up the test Saturday.

Drivers protest fees

The Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) has asked drivers to delay signing for their superlicenses in protest of the latest raise in fees.

The fee rose this year from £9,430 ($12,867) to £9,798 ($13,369). The FIA is blaming safety costs.

With an additional £1,978 ($2,699) per point fee, up from £1,885 ($2,572), and £2,564 ($3,499) of compulsory insurance, all told, Lewis Hamilton will have to pay £206,416 ($281,654) this year according to the BBC. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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