Officially official Formula One news this week is that Toro Rosso has decided – as everyone expected – to cut their losses and say goodbye to Sebastian Bourdais. It remains to be seen whether or not he will be back in F1 with one of the new teams next year, but there is a good possibility. It also remains to be seen who will fill his seat. You can probably put good money on his seat being filled by Jaime Alguersuari, but it could also be filled later in the year by World Rally Champion Sebastian Loeb. If that does happen, the grid will be 6.5% Sebastians, as there would be Vettel, Buemi and, possibly, Bourdais in a new car. That is a bunch of Sebastians.
In other officially official news, Max Mosley has decided to step down for good!! However, the pit lanes and paddocks the world over were not celebrating and heartily partying because they don’t like the fact that Jean Todt is the man that Mosley wants to be the next FIA president. They think that Todt would be too divisive and that he would end up being just another Mosley type. The person that the teams would really love to see head up the FIA is none other than Ari Vatanen. He is a former World Rally Champion and is seen by the teams as being balanced and sensible. All of this will shake down in October, so stay tuned for more on this as the race heats up.
One last bit of news is that a Brazilian sporting network is reporting that Nelson Piquet Jr. has raced his last race. It is not known for certain yet, but it would in no way surprise me. Maybe he can be back with a different upstart team next year as well, but it remains to be seen what will happen with Junior.