July 14, 2009 18 Comments
The rumor mill is working at full speed this past week, with 2 major changes in F1 for Hungary.
The first (practically confirmed by all media) is Jaime Alguersuari replacing Bourdais at Scuderia Toro Rosso. Seems like an intelligent move from Franz Tost. STR has nothing to lose, Jaime cannot test and Bourdais is definitely deserving to be set aside. Jaime will finally get some real F1 experience and I would not be surprised if he alternates with Brandon Hartley throughout the rest of the season. The lack of test time has this result.
The same vision seems to be illuminating Flavio Briatore’s eyes… with Piquet languishing in the back of the field and not adding any points to the team totals. Enter Grosjean, currently with a strong season in GP2 and who cannot do much worse than Nelsinho. As in STR, it’s better to sit Piquet if he’s not continuing in 2010 and give Grosjean a chance. He has been groomed for this and now is ready. The rest of the 2009 season will be his test sessions and he will be a breath of fresh air at Renault.
So, a highly coveted seat opens up in GP2, with the championship leader Barwa Addax team. With this, I am completely discarding that Romain will do double-duty in GP2 and F1… that would not make sense, right…. or would it?
Assuming the seat is paid for by Flavio and RDD, who will sit in it… or will they get a refund from Agag for unused mileage? If RDD is consistent and believes in their program, they have 3 options: Charles Pic, Adam Khan or Marco Sorensen.
My choice would be Pic. Preseason favorite in WSR, Charles has had a terrible start to the season (by his standards), though he has won the last race at Silverstone. The overall mediocrity of the WSR grid is saving his season. He is ready for GP2, much more than Khan who has an erratic bio or Sorensen who is still a bit young in his development.
Should Agag prefer to go shopping in the market, he needs to guarantee a competitive driver – not just a paying one – since he is aiming for the team title. Drivers who could fit that job are Adam Carroll, James Jakes, Giorgio Pantano or even the talented Davide Rigon…. Let’s wait and see.