Bohlin to move on to new challenges

xAfter three successful years with Ferrari with three constructors titles and two driver titles Peter Bohlin decided to move to Red Bull Racing before the season. The year started off well with three podiums and two wins in the first four races until it came to an abrupt halt in Turkey where the car wouldn't start shortly before the race. The problem kept Bohlin out for two races until he returned in an interim car in Monaco.

The summer was quite decent performance wise with four podiums in five races with the spin out on the formation lap in Valencia as a low point of the season even if a fight back resulted in 6th place. After missing out on the favourite Grand Prix in Hungary the rest of the season was to become the worst part of the season with three 4th places, three 3rd places and win in Japan where he lost the lead because of a mistake but then got it back a lap from the finish line when Lockseys engine gave up. Bohlin ended the championship in 3rd place some 30 points behind the top duo thus helping the team secure their first ever constructors championship.

As FIA has enforced new rules to split top finishers in the drivers championship between different teams Red Bull Racings decision to keep new world champion means that Bohlin has to find a new team.

Christian Horner

We've had a fantastic season winning both championships and Peter has been a big contributor to that, unfortunately we can't keep both drivers due to the new rules implemented and had to make a decision and with Kristoffer as the new champion he has been our priority. We are thankful for what Peter has done for us and wish him all the best for the future.

Dietrich Mateschitz

Since we bought this team this has always been the vision, to be world champions. That we now standing here and acheiving this is very emotional and is down to the hard work that has been carried out by the people at the factory in Milton Keynes, those at the tracks and certainly the ones driving the cars. We could only keep one of the drivers but came up with a solution and approached Peter with it and he agreed on it which Red Bull GmbH is very happy about. He will become our leading driver in Scuderia Toro Rosso as we aim to close the gap to the top teams and become a real factor in the sport as Red Bull Racing have done over the latest years.

xThis means that Faenza based Toro Rosso will have it's first Italian driver since Christian Waltgård and Thomas Pettersson drove one and two races each back in 2007. Bohlin's arrival and the Red Bull main company's push to improve STR is believed to be attracting much interest to the team which could get them some new sponsors and make it easier to negotiate with current ones.

Franz Tost

First I would like to thank Rickard and Anders for their work this season, although the car haven't been among the best they have shown real character and work ethic by pushing it in every weekend. With that said you would be stupid to say no to having a multiple champion on board. This signing will open a lot of opportunities for us and we aim to make it a start of a new era for this team which should no longer be seen as a junior team to Red Bull Racing.

Peter Bohlin

It has been a good year with Red Bull Racing winning another constructors title so I'm very thankful for this year although I'm not totally pleased with what has been achieved by myself. Moving to Toro Rosso will be a big challenge but a fun one, especially as an Italian to drive for an Italian team again. I'm hope we can improve from the team's previous season and make it a team to count on. I'm also looking forward to work with a new talent who still can improve to become a better driver, whatever the name will be. I think Kristoffer and Kris each year has proved to be real top drivers so their haven't been much to learn from each other, or at least not as much.

Who will be Bohlin's teammate is yet to be announced and team principal Franz Tost claims that it's far from settled yet but that things could happen quickly."We haven't held talks with anyone so far but in this business it could happen from one day to another so you have to wait and see" he said.

Published 2011-12-01 by Peter Bohlin | Edit