Doornbos over Speed?

Thu, 28 December 2006, 09:59

Much has been said about Toro Rosso’s reluctance to announce a driver line-up, with even Tiago Monteiro now being mentioned and Tonio Liuzzi going so far as to say his race seat may also not be secure.

Our recent poll asked whether Toro Rosso should retain the American Scott Speed, who failed to make himself popular off the track and was sometimes fast but mostly erratic on-track, or whether the team should give Dutchman Robert Doornbos a chance. The poll results were always neck-and-neck, with neither establishing a clear lead at any point.

At the close of the poll, however, our readers voted in Robert Doornbos by the closest of margins – with 50.8% of the votes. In truth, it was so close that it is impossible to simply say that Doornbos was the more popular choice, of course. There is still a strong suggestion that money will talk and the driver who can come up with the most of it will get the drive. We certainly hope that this will not be the case.

And now we turn our attention to Jacques Villeneuve and his future. He has a tentative NASCAR deal that is dependent on him raising a fair bit of cash but now Audi has reportedly expressed interest in putting Jacques in a DTM car to replace Frentzen.

There has, of course, always been a certain caché surrounding winning the Indy 500, a Formula One title and the Le Mans 24 hour. Jacques has done two of those and impressing Audi could be a way into the cockpit of the most successful Le Mans car of the current century. Aside from that, the reported salary should he go the DTM route would be nothing to sneeze at.

Wihle Jacques is considering his options, which way do you think he should go? Should he go for the fast, rowdy, American world of NASCAR, the most prestigious European touring car series of DTM or should he go straight for the jugular that is the revered Le Mans 24 hour?

Get voting on our home page!

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