Speed out, Liuzzi next on STR hit-list?

Wed, 1 August 2007, 12:06

With Scott Speed now out of the picture, Vitantonio Liuzzi’s position at Toro Rosso could be next on the to-do list of the team’s disgruntled bosses.

Faenza based STR’s principal Franz Tost was on Tuesday quoted by Sport Bild as reiterating that the team was, prior to the Nurburgring event two weeks ago, unhappy with both of the current ’07 drivers, not just Speed.

The timing of his comments is interesting, as they coincided with the expiry late on Tuesday of a contractual ‘option’ on the 2008 services of multiple Champ Car title winner Sebastien Bourdais.

Former BMW test driver Sebastian Vettel has already been granted ousted Speed’s cockpit for the remainder of 2007, and probably also for 2008.

Tost suggested that his ideal scenario would be to kick out both Speed and Liuzzi, the 25-year-old Italian.

“But that is not so simple,” Austrian Tost, who was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with Speed after the Californian spun out of the European grand prix, said.

“All the desirable drivers have current contracts. So it is simply a matter of a lack of alternatives.”

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