Cristiano da Matta, Patrick Friesacher, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jacques Villeneuve, Christijan Albers and Scott Speed have one thing in common. All of them were sacked by their teams in July (between 2004 and 2007). The 2008 season was a rarity. We haven’t seen a single driver change for the entire season. At the moment there is only one rookie on 2009 grid – Sebastien Buemi – who filled the gap created by Coulthard’s retirement (and Vettel’s move to DC’s place at Red Bull).
But July is here again and it looks more and more likely that the tradition of parting ways with drivers in summer month will continue afte one year break.
There aren’t too many people who expect to see Sebastien Bourdais back in Toro Rosso car for Hungarian GP. Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari is expected to take over the duties from the next race. All rookie line up for Toro Rosso ?
There are also indications that Renault may have finally lost their patience with Nelson Piquet jr. It would be ironic for Piquet to loose his drive after outqualifying Fernando Alonso for the very first time.
The driver widely expected to replace Piquet should Renault decide to drop him is Romain Grosjean, currently 2nd in GP2 standings.
Update: Autosport reports that Toro Rosso is expected to confirm within the next 48 hours that it has decided to part company with the Frenchman. Jaime Alguersuari will become the youngest Formula 1 driver in history when he makes his debut for the Scuderia Toro Rosso team as replacement for Sebastien Bourdais at the Hungarian GP. See the full article here – Alguersuari gets nod for Hungary debut