Red Bull are going to test three drivers this week to asses their 2009 driver line-up. Red Bull protege Sebastien Buemi, Sebastien Bourdais and the oft championed Honda and Super Aguri racer Takuma Sato. What strikes me a sad is that Le Seb is having to test for his seat. But, Autosport reports that Rubens Barrichello was also talked about for the seat but was asked to bring sponsor money. Getting out my large cross reference sheet, I can deduce that Le Seb may lose his seat but not for emotional or performance related reasons. Purely over sponsor money. Again, I am perplexed as to why Sato, if he is a huge sponsor-backed driver, didn’t use some of that money or pull to save Super Aguri. Even Super Aguri admits that one of the sponsors never paid. Sad.
Le Seb deserves a chance in 2009 and I hope STR gives it to him.