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Bourdais Gets Second Toro Rosso Seat

Sebastien Bourdais has been confirmed today as Scuderia Toro Rosso’s second driver for the 2009 season.

The Frenchman made his F1 debut with the Faenza based team last season after many successful years in ChampCar.  However, the Frenchman’s form was patchy at best and with some good talent on the drivers market his position in the team has been in serious doubt since Brazil.

Takuma Sato was the main competition, but rumour spread that Jenson Button could get the seat after Honda’s demise.  Sato was consistently faster than Bourdais in testing, but the Japanese driver believed the seat would go to who could provide the most money for the team.

“It has been a very long and difficult winter, but now the waiting is finally over and I am really excited about tackling my second season with Scuderia Toro Rosso,” said Bourdais.

“I would like to thank Red Bull and Dietrich Mateschitz for this opportunity to continue with a team that made so much progress last year.

“Now, I can focus on preparing for the coming season. It promises to be a very interesting one, thanks to all the rule changes and I’m also looking forward to establishing a good relationship with my new teammate, Sebastien Buemi, to ensure both of us do the best possible job for the team and for Red Bull.”

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