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Bourdais 'disappointed and shocked' at Toro Rosso decision 17 Jul 2009

Sebastien Bourdais (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso talks with the media.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Preparations, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Sebastien Bourdais has expressed his surprise at being dropped by Toro Rosso. The team announced on Thursday that they would no longer be using the services of the Frenchman, who joined the Red Bull-owned squad at the start of the 2008 season.

“I am very disappointed and shocked by the decision taken by Scuderia Toro Rosso of not allowing me to drive for the team until the end of the current season,” said Bourdais, whose replacement will be announced in the build-up to next weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Bourdais, who has instructed lawyers to review whether Toro Rosso are in breach of contract, said the timing was particularly frustrating as the team are due to debut a heavily-upgraded car in Hungary.

“A new highly competitive racing package will be introduced by the team in order to try and overcome its current difficulties,” he continued. “I am convinced that if I was given the chance to race with such new package I would have had the opportunity to achieve satisfactory results.”

Bourdais, who has scored two points this season, concluded by thanking his fans for their ongoing support. “My motivation is intact and I’ll continue to be strongly committed to my Formula One project, for which I have renounced my career in United States,” he added.