2008 Formula 1 – Rookies and veterans – Part 2

After Part 1 it is time for part 2 - Sebastien Bourdais and Jarno Trulli

Rookie no 2 – Sebastien Bourdais

Bourdais may be a F1 rookie but he ain’t no rookie driver. The F3000 title (2002), 4 consecutive Champ Car titles (2004 – 2007) is probably the best he could achieve in open wheel racing outside Formula 1. Few people can understand why it took so long for someone in F1 to bring him in…He himself was quite confident before the season about his racing abilities but expressed worries about qualifying form. The first couple of races pretty much confirmed that. He was outqualified by Vettel in Melbourne and in Malaysia. In Melbourne however his smooth drive, keeping out of trouble and great thinking (his and his pitwall crew) during the final safety car period elevated him as high up as 4th. Only a late engine failure meant DNF, but still 2 points for 7th place. Bahrain saw him for the first time to outqualify his team mate Sebastain Vettel. The new Toro Rosso car is due to arrive in Turkey and if it is as quick as the current Red Bull we may see some more points next to Bourdais’ name before the season comes to a close. Bourdais seems to be the quiet achiever next to a highly rated team mate … I did not know what to expect from Bourdais this season but I must say he has been quite impressive so far …

Veteran no 2 – Jarno Trulli

Jarno Trulli - Toyota, Bahrain 2008

Jarno Trulli is one of the few drivers with no contract for 2009. His performances this season may well determine whether we will see him on the grid next year or not.


Well it looks like Trulli has no plans to become full time winemaker from next season :-) . He is yet to be outqualified by his team mate this year and when he finished the race, he finished ahead of Timo Glock. He has always been good in qualifying and this year so far he follows the tradition: P6- P5 – P7, not bad. Unlike in the recent past we haven’t even seen much of the Trulli train so far this year. His 4th in Malaysia and 6th in Bahrain (after DNF in Australia) are quite impressive results. Of course it helps to finally have a decent car … If his season continues the way it has begun he should not be too worried about his immediate F1 future. Things can turn around quickly though, we ned to look only one season back to see how Fisichella dropped behind Kovalainen in Renault …

Photo: © Toyota

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  1. ShaunNo Gravatar says:

    Been quite impressed with Bourdais, i wonder what he would do in a better car?

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  2. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    In contrast to the first two drivers profiled, Bourdais and Trulli have done very well in comparison to their team mates. Bourdais has been at least as good as Vettel, and has all two points for the team. Trulli has completely dominated Glock, with 8 points to his team mates 0.

    I was happy to see Bourdais finally get his well deserved F1 seat, and look forward to the new car to see if he can consistently get to Q2 and chase points.

    Trulli has been outstanding! He has put the Toyota into a solid second tier team fighting for 4th place with Williams and Renault. At this point, I would say they would be my pick for fourth as Williams seems to have fallen off since their incredible race in Austrailia

  3. BenNo Gravatar says:

    I agree completely with zblkhwk. Bourdais and Trulli has impressed me too and have looked much better I think than Piquet and Coulhard that was last profiled.

    Bourdais is a smart driver and if given the chance I think he could make his mark in F1 too. I don’t think his 2 points will be his last.

    Trulli to me is impressive both in his driving and conduct. He has won almost all team battles I have seen him involved with, and is in my opinion has always been in the better half of F1 drivers. If he is given a decent car which he is now, I think he will always be a guy that will contend for top place and even podium finishes.

  4. StewNo Gravatar says:

    I must say Bourdais is impressing me just a little. I really didn’t like him in Champ and watched many many Champ races. The chip he had and the ‘push and shove’ to the front attitude has so far not shown. It sure wouldn’t go over well in F1 and I think he knows it.

    I agree with the above. If he had a better car we could see that he’s a great driver. I give him most of this year to get his feet wet though.

  5. CliveNo Gravatar says:

    Bourdais is performing pretty much as I expected – slowly getting the hang of qualifying, solid and sensible in the races. The one that I don’t understand is Vettel. He has done nothing after well over half a season in F1, yet somehow this “highly-rated” reputation sticks to him. Why? Can people not bear to admit that they were wrong about him and he’s really rather ordinary? I really don’t understand it. Maybe if Bourdais wipes the floor with him this season, everyone will be forced to drop the “highly-rated” bit for Vettel. Or will he still be “highly-rated” when he retires at the age of 35 having achieved nothing in F1…?

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      will see, but the “highly rated” drivers do not have the best of times recently – Vettel, Sutil, even Hamilton to certain extent …

  6. OleaNo Gravatar says:

    Jarno Trulli must push hard to get some points this year because there are so many talented young drivers ready to take his place.

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