Sebastien Bourdais will remain in F1 in 2009 after he was finally confirmed by Toro Rosso today, as was predicted earlier this week.
The news means there will only be further open slots left on the F1 grid if a buyer is found for Honda.
It also ends Takuma Sato’s hopes of returning to Formula 1, for the time being at least.
I think this is the right decision for Toro Rosso. Bourdais showed some promise last year and I expect him to perform better on slick tyres in 2009. Sato’s had plenty of chances at F1, and I think we’ve already seen the best he’s got to give.
Of course, if F1 wasn’t stuck with such a small number of teams, there could be room for both of them.