Who should Toro Rosso pick? (Poll)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Which F1 drivers should Toro Rosso pick for the 2009 season?
Which F1 drivers should Toro Rosso pick for the 2009 season?

Toro Rosso will run at least three different drivers in the three-day test at the Jerez circuit starting tomorrow. Sebastien Bourdais will be in the car along with Sebastien Buemi and Takuma Sato.

But with Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello and Bruno Senna now potentially available, who should Toro Rosso pick for 2009? Cast your vote here:

You can pick up to two different drivers:

Which drivers should Toro Rosso choose for 2009?

  • Sebastien Bourdais (33%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (6%)
  • Takuma Sato (12%)
  • Jenson Button (30%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (6%)
  • Bruno Senna (12%)
  • Someone else (1%)

Total Voters: 1,262

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  1. TommyBellingham
    8th December 2008, 15:11

    Buemi and Bourdais. I don’t think Toro Rosso can learn names very well so they just buy Sebastiens :P

    I really hope Button doesn’t get the drive. He’s passed it and Toro Rosso should remain signing young new drivers.

  2. Sebastien Buemi & Sebastien Bourdais
    They should continue their trend of picking up Sebastiens.

  3. Tommy, how can you be past it at 28? Cheeky little scamp, back in my day we’d have had yer down coal mine for 2d a week.

    Rob (28 :)

  4. Button and Bourdais, both deserve at least one more go.

  5. I agree, Button and Bourdais.

  6. They can’t let Button go by; I’m sure that Jenson would rather race for peanuts than sit on the sidelines waiting for a buyer at Honda.

  7. Bruno Senna and Barrichelo!!
    They are cheap, combine new talent with experience and the name Senna could well bring some new sponsor money.
    Oh, yeah, and it would make the Braziliam crowd happy.
    After 2008 finnale, some good news wouldn’t do us any harm.

  8. For the first seat, Sato. We need him back in F1.

    For the second seat, I hope Buemi doesn’t get the drive, because he doesn’t really deserve it given the performance of other GP2 drivers like Pantano and di Grassi.

  9. Sato and Rubens.

    Button’s too expensive…

  10. Bordais, Sato – Bourdais has done enough to deserve another opportunity. I honestly feel Sato has got raw deal in BAR Days where Button was driver of choice and fundamental car design was with Button’s preference in mind. Sato delivered more from the Super Aguri Car and has fared better in recent tests. Sato and Bourdais can provide better technical insights than all drivers in contention.Barichello would be another driver who can bring more technical insight to the table, but so far he has not been involved in any testing for STR so wouldn’t comment much on that.

    Button has “smooth driving style” but time and again he has proved, he can’t work around the problems of car as has been noted by lots of paddock insiders. Barichello, has beaten him hands down, driving what possibly was the worst car from Honda since BAR days, that tells a lot about the Brit’s motivation level rather the lack of it …

  11. terrie cairnes
    8th December 2008, 17:35

    They should give the seat to Giorgio Pantano.He is a worthy GP2 champion and is skilled experienced and exciting to watch race.He should be judged solely on his skill and experience not his age

  12. Didn’t Giogio Pantano already have a chance at Jordon? I seem to remember him being really aweful.

    I’d go for Sato and Bourdais. I like Sato and I think he’s always been potentially very quick. He’s proved to be faster than Button on several occasions and he never fails to entertain. I think he just needs the kind of coaching Massa received to smooth out the rough edges. I like Bourdais too and it’s good to have a French driver in F1.

  13. Button is a problem. If the Honda is as good as they say, and the team is bought, then Button might be best off there, especially with Ross Brawn there. On the other hand I would hate to see someone who has shown talent be thrown away so early.

  14. Sato and Bourdais.
    Sato deserves another chance after his 2 years at Super Aguri and Bourdais has been better than his results show. With a bit more luck (Melbourne, Monza, Fuji,…) he might have at least 10 points more.
    Button doesn’t deserve the seat after his poor Ralf-Schumacher-style 2008 season. They should choose Barrichello over him.

  15. Lets not forget that Rubens is the only driver in there who has driven F1 cars with slick tyres and low downforce. I’d go with the old boy.

  16. Well, Bourdais has plenty of experience with slicks and lower downforce too. Bourdais definitely deserves another chance. I will be bitterly disappointed if he’s left on the sidelines next year.

    I would give the second seat to Sato. Buemi hasn’t really done anything to convince me that he genuinely deserves an F1 seat, especially when compared to the other drivers who are available for the seat.

    So, Bourdais and Sato!

  17. Button and Bourdais. I didn’t like Bourdais to begin with but as the season’s gone on he’s come across as someone who really, really wants to make the most of this opportunity and he seems like a nice guy.
    And Button because if Honda don’t find a buyer I don’t want him to miss the season cos he probably won’t get back in. He’s ruined his career by being so loyal as the team’s got worse and worse though so I think he’ll be there until there’s absolutely no chance of finding a buyer and then it’ll be too late.

  18. What about Davidson? I bet he’s cheap right now. Bloody good driver, and bloody good bloke.

  19. Sebastien Bourdais should definitely get a drive but I have no preference for the other seat.

    I would say not Barrichello or Button though, they should give it to a young driver, especially considering the resources they’ve (Red Bull) put into driver development in the last few years.

    Button will get another drive for next season regardless of the buyout of Honda, Rubens is past his best and should call it a day.

  20. Bourdais for sure, then either Button or Sato.

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