Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Berger plays games with Bourdais

It is reported that Toro Rosso may wait until the end of the season to confirm their driver line-up for 2009. This obviously leaves more uncertainty for former 4 time Champcar titlist, Sebastien Bourdais. This is reminiscent of what happened to former Toro Rosso driver Scott Speed, who is still a partner of Red Bull and is a hot property in NASCAR. Team co-owner, Gerhard Berger just left Speed swinging in the wind and he is doing the same to Bourdais.

Even though Berger has admitted that Bourdais is doing exactly what they expected from him, he and the team are delaying confirming the Frenchman. They have a car that can regularly in the points and they have a driver in the team that can provide some continuity for development; not to mention that he is experienced, quick and level headed.

Being a former driver, Berger knows what job security and confidence can do, he also knows what fear can do for motivation. I think Berger is employing fear to motivate Bourdais and is simply trying to bully him. However, I do not think a driver of Bourdais' cloth is motivated by fear tactics and is more motivated if he knows the team is providing him equipment that will suit him. If he wants a major manufacturer to back the team, he needs to show some stability in his decisions and with the drivers. He can start but confirming the status of a quality driver.


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