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GP Week : Issue 55
>>F1 INSIGHT Scuderia Toro Rosso :: 9th place, 5 points Taking your car from Red Bull Technology in a season when it is concentrating on fighting for the World Championship for its number one team was never going to be easy for Toro Rosso, but that said their base car should be pretty nifty, as it is sculptured from the RB5. The team won’t get its diffuser until Hungary, and it will be at that race that the team gets a new driver in Jaime Alguersuari. All in all, it’s not looking great for Toro Rosso, who has struggled all season from the driver selection they made at the start of the year. Sebastien Buemi came into Formula 1 as the only rookie in the 2009 season, and h as spent the season thus far completely out-racing and out- performing his vastly experienced team- mate Sebastien Bourdais. One wonders what a more promising driver than Buemi could have done in the car, but to his credit he’s raced well all season. Sebastien Bourdais may have scored points this year, but much more was expected of him. As a four-time champion in the States, he should have dominated Buemi. But he didn’t, and now he’s out of a job. One wonders what Alguersuari will be able to do in his half a season, but it will be hard to get even close to Bourdais’ level in that time, so it makes the whole thing seem a bit fruitless. Force India :: 10th place, 0 points The Force India F1 team entered 2009 feeling positive about its chances as a tie-up with McLaren promised much. Thus far it has failed to deliver in the way of results, but the promise of a step forward has been very much met. The team has been desperately close to notching up its first points on a number of occasions in 2009, with Adrian Sutil throwing two very good chances away, and only Bourdais getting between Giancarlo Fisichella and a point in Monaco. A point before the season end would be rich reward and is not out of the realms of possibility. Sutil started the season one position out of the points, and since then has looked good for points on two further occasions. In China he binned it in the wet, and in Germany a stupid exit from the pits took of his front wing and cost him the shot for a point that he’d worked so hard to achieve. He has to cut out silly mistakes if he is to be taken seriously. Fisichella is plodding away, and racing as well as one might expect but he just seems to lack the passion that a few season of fighting over 19th place will do to a driver. Still mega on his day ... but his day doesn’t seem to be coming around very often. 29