F1 » Tost admits everything rests on STR Hungarian upgrade


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JJ - Unregistered

July 17, 2009 6:12 PM

Although I won't miss Bourdais on the grid, Franz Tost is an idiot who doesn't seem to know much about racing, since he expects impossible things from his drivers.

It was the same story with Scott Speed (that altercation they had comes to mind) and Liuzzi. Both of them (and Bourdais) are capable drivers (at least, 3rd in GP2 and F3000 champion) but you can't be faster than your car.

Also, he's a bit of a hot head, and he's always very eager to blame the drivers. I think he feels that he has to compensate for his own incompetence.

He's lucky the good car is coming now, but Alguersuari will still be outperformed by the decent but not spectecular Buemi. So what happens then?

BT - Unregistered

July 17, 2009 6:13 PM


Is it not typical of senior management to blame everyone but themselves for not providing the best equipment to do the job. Seb deserved better than he got. Now that he is gone they announce an improved car. I hope it turns out to be a lorry.

sunny103

July 17, 2009 9:04 PM

A report on FISA says, Two mjor spanish companies are advancing two million euros of sponsorship money to STR guaranteeing Alguersuari the race seat for at least the Hungarian and European Grand Prix,and even if STR decides to oust him after Valencia the team will be able to keep the funds.

YankeeKraut916

July 17, 2009 11:36 PM

Tost is a moron. Both cars are at the back of the grid but yet one driver hasn't lived up to his expectations. It seems to me that it's more likely a personality conflict and he saw the chance to get rid of someone whom he doesn't get along with. I'm not a fan of Seb but that comment made Tost look more inept and stupid than he already is.

that guy - Unregistered

July 18, 2009 1:21 AM

If results AND talent scouting and development is the intent of the team, then fire this idiot and hire Peter Sauber to run STR. I didn't care much for Bourdais's personality, but he is absolutely not responsible for this open wheeled truck parading as a legit F1 entry.

seashack

July 18, 2009 3:44 AM

Two drivers change in the middle of the season in three years??? What other team acts like STR?..NONE.

This is not the way to do it, look at Renault. Piquet should have been gone last year, never mind now, but they are not ousting just as he is about to get the improvements. That is just stupid. If they do improve, will Tost say see I told you it was the driver, thereby denigrating the car and team? He stepped in it now. I think it's time for a management change, even before the improvements come on.

richard

July 18, 2009 8:23 AM

seashack, piquet, like bourdais, was given a second chance, and like bourdais he will probably get his p45. a team cannot continue to support an underperforming driver and most drivers would have a performance clause in their contracts. also, as anon rightly points out, str run a rbr chassis, and this has proved to be quick, even before the latest mods. tost works under a far smaller budget, but even that would allow a good driver to shine through, just as seb v did last year!

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