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GP Week : Issue 38
Sebastien Buemi Part Of The Queue – Oasis Having failed to shine in GP2 it looks as though Sebastien’s been forced up the ranks into F1 before he’s really ready. The expectation on him to “do a Vettel”is going to be huge and massively unfair. Red Bull have so many drivers on their books that only some will ever truly shine, and one feels Buemi is simply part of that Red Bull queue pushed into F1 before his time. But as tough as it will be he could do worse than listen to the lyrics and “stand tall, stand proud.” Sebastien Bourdais Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash Without wanting to sound overly harsh, there must have been points in 2008 when Sebastien had this very question ringing through his brain. A four-time champion in America, he moved to Formula 1 only to be completely owned by a comparative new-comer who got the promotion to the full Red Bull team that the Frenchman must have craved. He’ll need to do much better against his under-fancied new team-mate in 2009 or that question will be answered for him. Mark Webber Pain Killer – Turin Brakes Yes, we had given some consideration to Men at Work’s “Down Under,”but that would have been way too easy and our Aussie publishers would have slapped us for it. Following Mark’s unfortunate accident on his annual charity tour, we simply had to plump for this one if only for the lines, “take the pain killer, cycle on your bicycle.” Turin Brakes, like Mark in many ways, have never really been given the plaudits their talent deserves. A great band, capable of brilliant things… enjoy this one! Sebastian Vettel The World Is Yours – Ian Brown Ian Brown was given the “Godlike Genius”award by UK music publication NME a few years back, and while Sebastian isn’t quite up there yet, he’s shown flashes of absolute brilliance. As the youngest pole-sitter and race winner in F1 history, he’s already in the record books and set to reshape F1 history. With Red Bull he’s got a team of great designers and engineers behind him, and alongside Webber he could form part of a very potent line-up. The world could be his for the taking. Nico Rosberg Gimme More – Britney Spears They’ve both had the spotlight on them since they were kids, and over the years have both come in for their fair share of praise and criticism… but it’s probably got a little more to do with his flowing blond hair and film star looks that Nico’s been nicknamed Britney in the F1 paddock. There were moments last season when Nico demanded much, much more from his Williams team, and unless they give him a race winning car, that’s unlikely to stop in 2009. 36