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France's Sebastien Bourdais stays on at Toro Rosso

Latest update : 2009-02-06

Toro Rosso have decided to keep Sébastien Bourdais as their second driver for the coming season, putting an end to a long winter wait for Formula One's only French driver. A four-time US Champcar champion, Bourdais finished 17th last season.

AFP - Italian Formula One team Toro Rosso confirmed Friday that Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais will be their number two driver for the 2009 season alongside Swiss racer Sebastien Buemi.

The 29-year-old endured an anxious wait to know if he would be retained by the Italian stable as number two after a modest debut campaign behind the wheel of a Toro Rosso car last season.

"It was a very long winter but the wait is finally over," said the relieved driver from Le Mans.

"I am really excited at the idea of competing in my second season with the Toro Rosso team. I would like to thank Red Bull and Dietrich Mateschitz (team owners) for this opportunity to stay with a team that made so much progress last year."

Bourdais began his first season in 2008 in confident fashion by finishing seventh on his debut at the Australian GP for two points but failed to build on his promising start and finished the season 17th in the driver standings with just four points.

Despite solid progress during towards the end of the season and notably his qualifying position of fourth at Monza, he failed to shine in races.

The announcement by Toro Rosso means all 18 drivers have been revealed for the upcoming season which begins on March 29 at the Australian GP in Melbourne apart from the Honda team who are looking for a new buyer and remain in limbo.

Date created : 2009-02-06