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 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 …
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