Amidst continuing uncertainty over his future in Formula 1, S?bastien Bourdais' manager has admitted that he is still unsure as to whether or not the multiple former Champ Car king will still be a fixture in the top flight in 2009.

Bourdais has struggled for much of his maiden campaign in motor racing's highest echelon this year, save for a selection of highlights including finishing amongst the points on his debut in Melbourne back in March, and making it into the top ten in qualifying for the first time in Valencia at the weekend.

Though his European Grand Prix performance did seem to mark an improvement for the 29-year-old, he has made no secret of the fact that he does not get on with Scuderia Toro Rosso's STR3, and the small Faenza-based outfit's co-owner Gerhard Berger has offered no assurances that the Frenchman will be retained beyond the end of the current season [see separate story - click here].

"In Formula 1, whether it is your first or your tenth year, you always have something to prove and you are always judged on your most recent races," Bourdais' manager Nicolas Todt, son of former Ferrari team principal Jean Todt, told French language publication RMC.

"Right now, S?bastien's future in Formula 1 is not yet assured, but I have a good feeling that he can stay at Toro Rosso."

Todt confirmed that he is bidding to extend his driver's deal with STR.

GP2 Series front-runners Bruno Senna, S?bastien Buemi and Karun Chandhok have all been linked to the Red Bull junior squad in recent months.

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