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Monday, November 24, 2008

Buemi gets Dietrich’s vote, Bourdais says it comes down to money

Formula One Testing In Barcelona

Toro Rosso may be remaining silent about its driver lineup for 2009, but not-so-silent partner Dietrich Mateschitz says Sebastien Buemi stands a pretty good chance of being there.

Quite a few drivers remain in the fold for STR, including Takuma Sato and incumbent Sebastien Bourdais, who took part in testing last week.

Toro Rosso has at least one seat to fill, with Sebestian Vettel’s move to Red Bull, and Mateschitz is convinced Swiss Red Bull product Buemi is a leading candidate.

“One will very likely be Buemi,” Mateschitz told autosport.com. “The line-up will be confirmed before the last test in December.”

No word on the subject from co-owner Gerhard Berger, however.

Bourdais says it all comes down to money, revealing his three-year contract may not be enough to save his job.

“In the end it does not matter whether you have a three-year deal or not - there is always a line in the contract which says that if they are not happy with you they can get rid of you,” the Frenchman said in an interview with Formula1.com. “The fact is that there is no such thing as a sure deal in racing, whether it is Formula One or any other series. As long as it works it's good for everyone and then it is all rosy, but if it doesn't work out as expected, then ciao!”

Bourdais believes the evaluation process will take some time, with additional drivers in the mix than those who tested last week in Spain.

“There have been three drivers in Barcelona, but Rubens (Barrichello) is on the list and Bruno (Senna) as well - if he doesn't get picked up by Honda - so anybody who has got talent and money today is a potential candidate,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bourdais says he doesn’t have a back-up plan.

“I have no idea,” he said. “As far as I am concerned right now my priority is to stay here, but at some point I will have to make up my mind and take a potentially very difficult decision. In the meantime it is scary because I don't know what I'll be doing next year.”
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