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Toro Rosso confirm Bourdais for 2008

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Scuderia Toro Rosso have confirmed three-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais will race for the team in 2008.

The Frenchman will join German Sebastian Vettel at the Italian squad next season.

"It has been a long time coming, but here we are," said Bourdais. "I would like to thank everyone at Red Bull for believing in me and giving me this long-awaited opportunity to race in Formula One.

"I must also thank Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing for letting me pursue my dream and allowing me to test for Scuderia Toro Rosso a few times this year."

The 28-year-old Frenchman will be free to join the team after the final round of this year's Champ Car Series on 2 December.

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posted Aug 10, 2007

'Let's not forget that Alonso spent his first season in a Minardi before moving to Renault. Not everyone can have the lightening break that Hamilton had...'


And Alonso sat out 2002 as a Test Driver at Renault.

I think JPM added to the show. He certainly didn't bow down to Schumi.

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posted Aug 10, 2007

I want to wish him the best of luck, it'll be tough in a Toro Rosso. But at least if he does do well, he'll get a seat up in a Red Bull for sure.

And regarding whether or not he'll be the next Montoya or Zanardi, I hope neither. Juan Pablo was good but not good enough and deserved to win more than he did. And Zanardi...well, he definitely isn't going to be better than Bourdais.

The thing is, a driver who comes over from the States rarely makes a really successful impact. Take Jacques Villeneuve, for example. He was fantastic in '96 and won it in '97 thanks to Schumi's antics, but he was terrible later on...he only got podiums and a joint second-place in the title on those computer games from 2001!

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posted Aug 10, 2007

Comparing Bourdais with either of these drivers is a mistake. Completely different in all respects, Torro Rosso is not a Williams or a Mclaren. Bourdais should have been in F1 5 years ago. What he will find is that being in Torro Rosso will be a hard furrow to plough and I personally cannot wait to see him im action in F1. Luizzi should replace Trulli at Toyota but I have no inside knowledge whatsoever to back up such a claim! smiley

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posted Aug 10, 2007

Personally I'm delighted Bourdais is joining the F1 paddock. It's about time there was a French driver on the "grille" after Olivier Panis' retirement. I read an interview with Bourdais in the French press last winter & he came across as a faboulous bloke, very down to earth and modest - very patiently waiting for his opportunity in F1 (especially when Arrows went bust) and doing a superb job in ChampCar. It's a shame he'll only be driving a Toro Rosso rather than in the 1st team, but hopefully in time he'll get a decent chance in the future. Watch this space.

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comment by fleemos (U1736425)

posted Aug 10, 2007

I for years had thought Bourdais would put up a fight in F1 but after seeing the type of pressure being put on him by Doornbos who I wouldn't consider I good driver in the world of F1 my thoughts have changed. In the McLaren, Ferrari or BMW he would be competitive but in a car as inferior as the Toro Rosso, he will most likely be a Zanardi. Plus with the fact that the Toro Rosso managers are not capable of motivating or supporting their drivers, this relationship just doesn't have much chance of success.

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posted Aug 10, 2007

I think he will do alright in F1.

He is struggling to beat Doornbos this year ut thats partly due to some bad luck with non finishes on his part and also I believe he has lost the burning desire after dominating for so long there. He needs a new challenge and this will fire him up.

He wont be a Montoya, he hasnt the same style and wont have the same car. He also should be better than Zanardi was.

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posted Aug 11, 2007

I think this move is a mistake. I'm a lifelong F1 fan, but I also think that top drivers from 'over the pond' should stay where they are. Not because I think Bordais is not good enough, but simply because CART drivers never manage make the transition from a friendly, cheerful circuit where a driver can make a difference to the ruthless, cold and uncaring atmosphere which seems to surround F1. CART always seems to make a big deal of their drivers without caring where they are on the grid. In F1, if your not in the top 10 on the grid, the media don't care. My advice to Bordais would be 'stay where you are and be the hero you deserve to be, ignore F1, it's really not your style.'
As for any comments regarding Alex Zanardi's failed attempt with Williams, I'd suggest reading his Biography to find out some of the cr## he had to put up with from Frank and co. It's no surprise he didn't get on well.

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comment by Xynoxx (U8877892)

posted Aug 11, 2007

I hope he does well. And, he's NOT too old. Don't write him off. As someone has already pointed out, he is more likely to fit into F1 than a North American candidate. (This seems a sad thing, but there have been good F! North American drivers) In Montoya's case, he came from South America - like Rubens and Filipe, and all the other SA drivers with great, great histories. Perhaps going to the States instead of Europe is what may have torpedoed Montoya.

"'Let's not forget that Alonso spent his first season in a Minardi before moving to Renault. Not everyone can have the lightening break that Hamilton had...'"

This fallacy about Hamilton's progress continues to prevail. Hamilton has been preparing for this for 13 YEARS! He is already a champion in his previous fields. He's that rare thing - a rookie who is already a veteran. A lot of people seem to forget that. He did not get that seat because he was just "lucky". A serious sense of ambition put him there.

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posted Aug 11, 2007

i fink alonso will move 2 williams wit heidfeld and mayb kubica 2 mclaren if a and h dont start getting a grip wif eachova

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posted Aug 12, 2007

forget bourdais and lewis hamilton. The guy who beat them both badly(with a 90% win ratio over hamilton) in karts is Marco Ardigo. He's the best driver alive. He's .5 sec per lap faster in an identical kart than Michael Schumacher. don't believe me? "schumacher can't handle the pace" in google.com will make you believe. Marco ardigo will make you all foget about Lewis Hamilton.

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