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GP Week : Issue 55
> F1NEWS> pos call says no to F1, Jarno set ercedes Bourdais prepares legal team SEBASTIEN Bourdais has instructed his lawyers to look into the manner in which his contract with Scuderia Toro Rosso was terminated, and has not ruled out the possibility of launching legal proceedings against the team. Bourdais’exit from Toro Rosso was confirmed by the team early last week, in the immediate aftermath of the German Grand Prix, following weeks of speculation. The Frenchman was quick to respond with his own view of events. “I am very disappointed and shocked by the decision taken by Scuderia Toro Rosso of not allowing me to drive for the team until the end of the current season,”he said. “I consider that, in doing so, Scuderia Toro Rosso has breached its contractual duties towards me; also I believe that nothing in my behaviour would legitimate a decision of the team to terminate the contract. I think that the team’s decision is in clear violation of Scuderia Toro Rosso’s obligations under the agreement. I have instructed my lawyers to review the situation including the possibility of issuing legal proceedings. “I am even more frustrated by the team’s decision considering that the latter has been taken immediately before the Hungarian Grand Prix, where a new highly competitive racing package will be introduced by the team in order to try and overcome its current difficulties. I am convinced that if I was given the chance to race with such new package I would have had the opportunity to achieve satisfactory results.” That update is believed to be heading instead in the direction of Jaime Alguersuari, who will become the youngest driver in F1 history when he makes his F1 debut for Toro Rosso this weekend in Hungary. Two more years for Webber/RBR VICTORY in F1 could not have come at a better time for Mark Webber, the Australian and the Red Bull team set to sign a renewal of his contract, reportedly for a further two years. Both parties had already been in discussion over Webber’s future, initial reports suggesting a one-year deal was on offer, Webber seeking something longer. Webber may now get his wish, with pit lane chat suggesting that a two- year extension could soon be inked. Sebastian Vettel is already contracted for 2010.