Posted on July 18, 2009


A few readers have commented this week about the fact that Toro Rosso has one of the worst records in the field for dropping drivers. So far in their short history they have dropped Scott Speed, Tonio Liuzzi and now Sebastien Bourdais. I’ve never quite got my head around Toro Rosso. It was once  Minardi and was bought up by Red Bull  boss Dietrich Mateschitz to fulfil several functions; to help out F1 by keeping another team on the grid, an extra non-manufacturer voice  politically, an extra branding opportunity, but mainly as a place to give young drivers from the More…

Posted on July 17, 2009


Yesterday we got two pieces of ‘news’ which took no-one by surprise; Toro Rosso has dropped Sebastien Bourdais and Jean Todt is officially running to replace Max Mosley as FIA president. Speculation about Bourdais’s position has been rife since last season and has mounted throughout this year. He’s a difficult one to pin down as to why it went wrong. On the one hand he had an excellent pedigree with a strong  run to become F3000 champion, but he had great difficulty getting an F1 team to take him. He went over to America and dominated ChampCar, winning four consecutive More…



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