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Berger offering Bourdais no guarantees for `09.

Scuderia Toro Rosso is unlikely to finalise its 2009 Formula 1 World Championship driver line-up until Fernando Alonso has made his mind up as to where he will be next year, stressed STR co-owner Gerhard Berger at the Hungaroring this weekend.

The small Faenza-based, second-string Red Bull outfit will be fielding at least one different driver next season, following Sebastian Vettel's promotion to Red Bull Racing – but with Sébastien Bourdais continuing to struggle in the sister STR3, the squad may yet plump for an all-new pairing.

Key to the decision, Berger admitted, would be Alonso's moves, for if the current Renault incumbent and former double world champion were to jump ship to say BMW-Sauber or Honda, that could leave either Nick Heidfeld, Jenson Button or Rubens Barrichello – experienced hands all three – out in the cold.

“If Alonso moves, then there could be drivers with experience available,” the ten-time grand prix winner – whose fellow STR co-owner is billionaire Red Bull energy drinks magnate Dietrich Mateschitz – told news agency AFA.

“There are also good new generation Red Bull drivers, and Toro Rosso is aligned with the new generation. Ideally we would like to have a young driver next to an experienced one.

“We also have to see how Bourdais develops over the second half of the season.”

GP2 Series front-runners Bruno Senna, Sébastien Buemi and Karun Chandhok have all been linked with an STR seat for 2009 in recent weeks.


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Andrew Long

August 01, 2008 3:35 PM

so being 4 times CART champ in the US matters little if you cannot do the business in a 3rd rate F1 car - its not looking good for Bourdais which is a real shame - looks like the Alex Zanardi scenario all over again :0(

Mark _

August 01, 2008 6:08 PM

Bourdais was not looking that bad until they started using the new car. With Vettel departing they should get behind Bourdais and design the next car more for Bourdais' driving style. It would be a mistake to change both drivers.



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