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Bourdais: No decision soon on future.

Sebastien Bourdais has admitted that he could be faced with a 'very difficult decision' as he waits to discover whether or not he will remain with the Toro Rosso team for a second season in Formula One.

The Frenchman finally made the step into F1 this season after a number of false dawns, but found himself overshadowed somewhat by young team-mate Sebastian Vettel – who emerged as a regular contender for points and took a stunning win in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Bourdais himself struggled to acclimatise to the new STR3 introduced in the Monaco Grand Prix, but saw his performances improve towards the end of the season as his confidence in the car increased.

With Vettel having moved on to the senior Red Bull team for 2009, Toro Rosso finds itself with two vacant seats for next season but has yet to make any firm decision on who will fill them.

Both Takuma Sato and Sebastien Buemi tested alongside Bourdais at Barcelona this week as the team evaluates its options for the new campaign but Bourdais denied it was a shootout situation, and indeed admitted that who gets the drives could come down to finances – which could leave him on the outside looking in.

"It's not a shoot-out," he said in an interview with the official Formula One website. "I am here as a reference to the team because they know me quite well, and whatever they are trying, in the end it is mainly tyre comparison stuff, tyre usage.

"You obviously run the 2008 car with 2009 downforce, but that's far more effective than the (actual) '09 car because it is the same downforce, yes, but quite a bit less drag. So it will produce some quite impressive lap times, but they have got nothing to do with the 2009 car - not yet, at least.

"I am not here for a shoot-out. The problem is purely financial. The team needs some money and I think until they find a driver package which is fast enough and has got the funds - or they find a solution themselves - they won't find a solution for their line-up."

Despite inking a three-year deal with Toro Rosso when he made the move over from the Champ Car World Series, Bourdais admitted he wasn't sure if he would stay on for a second year even if the team has already said it would keen to ensure it doesn't have to change both drivers ahead of 2009.



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Don - Unregistered

November 21, 2008 2:28 PM

Hopefully another team will have enough sense to hire Bourdais if Sato and Buemi buy their seats. He is an extremely talented driver. I'll never watch another F1 race if Bourdais loses his seat because of money.

Dany Brown

November 22, 2008 2:57 AM

Very sad news indeed. The kind of thing that almost always end up in the good guy having to quit in order to make way for money bringing pilot. And as much as i hope too that some other team will give him a call if STR don't keep him, i think that if it was to happen, it would already have. Anyway, we will take back anytime here in America, where he will be treated with the respect due to a pilot of his class.



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