Oct.23 (GMM) Sebastien Bourdais' manager insists there is a "strong chance" the 29-year-old French driver will retain his Toro Rosso seat for next year.
The Faenza based team's chiefs are openly not in a hurry to determine the 2009 lineup, near the end of Bourdais' mixed first season in formula one which followed his ultra-successful career in American single seaters."As I have said often, there is a strong chance that Sebastien can remain at Toro Rosso," Nicolas Todt, who also handles the career of Ferrari's championship contender Felipe Massa, told French radio RMC."I am hopeful," Todt, also a Frenchman, added. "It is my task now to make sure he stays in formula one next season."Todt, the son of the former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, admits that Bourdais' has not been a shining rookie season."I think for this reason some people could have some doubts about him."But I think Sebastien reacted well to his difficult period and has had some good performances, although not all of them rewarded," he said.