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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What a difference a year makes...

Imagine you are the most dominant driver in Champ Car history, suddenly given your lifelong dream of driving in Formula 1.

One year later, not only does it look likely you will be dropped from your F1 ride, chances are good there won’t be any opportunities to drive back in the States, either.

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That is the dilemma facing Sebastien Bourdais, the classic victim of a driver paired up with an emerging talent and a team woefully lacking in the ability to develop a driver.

Well into January with no word on whether he will retain his seat (a rookie confirmed just the other day with a cryptic message at the bottom of the release saying a teammate will be named before Melbourne), Bourdais would be forgiven to consider looking for a job in IndyCar.

But with Penske settling on Will Power to hold down Helio Castroneves’ seat while the Brazilian faces charges on income tax evasion, one coveted seat is gone.

Meanwhile, crash.net reports former employer Newman Haas Lanigan is seriously considering Robert Doornbos.

With a difficult economy having its effect on the number of seats available, and what a team will pay to fill them, a driver with Bourdais’ resume could find himself out in the cold.

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Anonymous said...

The real problem is STR. What a disorganized, underhanded outfit. Yet they still have the funds to operate and the old Honda team, organized and well run, may be going down. Go Figure.

F1Wolf said...

well Honda was far from organized and well run ... since Honda and Nick Fry took over they were only going backwards ...

STR did well last year, mainly thanks to Vettel and mighty Ferrari engine. But case of Bourdais is yet another case of this team failing to utilize a decent driver ... they shipped out Scott Speed, they left Liuzzi out in cold ...

compare it with the patience Force India had with Sutil, Renault with Piquet, McLaren with Kovalainen ... all these guys could have been dropped and noone would blame the teams ...

on the other hand Bourdais probably did himslef no favours by non stop complaining to media about the team and the car ...

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