Sebastien Bourdais has been confirmed with Scuderia Toro Rosso for 2008, ending months of speculation that the three-time Champ Car World Series driver would finally make the switch to Formula 1.

Bourdais will move to the team as soon as the 2007 Champ Car World Series comes to an end, the Frenchman joining Sebastian Vettel to set up an all new driver line-up at the Italian squad.

Announced ahead of the tenth round of the championship at Road America, where Bourdais will seek to claim a first win at the circuit in the interests of extending his series lead, the former Formula 3000 champion has been mooted for a switch to Formula 1 for months, most notably since he was invited to test for STR earlier in the season.

Coupled to the apparent falling out between drivers Scott Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi and managers Franz Tost and Gerhard Berger, it was looking more and more likely a fresh driver line-up was in the pipeline.

With Speed already out of the team and replaced by Vettel, who will assume the seat in 2008 too, Liuzzi had admitted he felt he was on borrowed time in the squad and was looking elsewhere for next year. Bourdais' announcement confirms that.

Although many have speculated how Bourdais will do moving to a team currently struggling at the back of the F1 grid having always been the driver to beat in the United States, he is nonetheless delighted to finally conclude a long awaited deal.

"It has been a long time coming, but here we are!" said Bourdais. "I would like to thank everyone at Red Bull for believing in me and giving me this long-awaited opportunity to race in Formula 1. I must also thank Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing for letting me pursue my dream and allowing me to test for Scuderia Toro Rosso a few times this year."

 

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