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Sebastien Buemi in 2008

Scuderia Toro Rosso officially confirmed on Friday that Sebastien Buemi has been signed for a race seat at the team for the 2009 season. He replaces Sebastian Vettel who moved to the Red Bull parent team alongside Mark Webber, in response to the retirement of David Coulthard. Since then, the Swiss driver, who took up the third driver role at Red Bull last year, had become the favourite to take one of the two available seats.

“I am naturally very happy to be driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso this year,” said Buemi. “This year, I will do all I can to bring home the best possible results and to show Red Bull that the confidence it has shown in me is justified. I want to thank Red Bull for this opportunity and for all the help they have given me in my career, dating back to 2005.” The 20 year old will make his first outing as an official race driver for STR later this month in Portugal.

His 2009 teammate is yet to be confirmed, but either Sebastien Bourdais or Takuma Sato are favourites to take the job. It is possible that STR are waiting for more news from Honda, before confirming their second driver, in the hope of signing Jenson Button.

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Luca Badoer in F2008 at Algarve

Testing continued at both Jerez and the new Algarve circuit into Tuesday, with Red Bull and McLaren remaining on top as times improved from Monday.

Sebastien Buemi was once again on top in an RB4, setting a best lap of 1:17.029 during his extended running, after stepping in for the injured Mark Webber. He was joined by Sebastian Vettel, who had to settle for second behind the Red Bull tester by just under 0.3 seconds. Nick Heidfeld was a full 2 seconds further behind in his BMW fitted with slick tyres, whilst Robert Kubica drove to fourth with KERS. Kazuki Nakajima closed the gap to the BMWs, now three tenths behind.

McLaren and Ferrari continued their running at the Algarve circuit, with Pedro de la Rosa taking over from Gary Paffett. The Spaniard topped the time sheets in the cold conditions, with a 1:30.080, ahead of Ferrari testers Luca Badoer and Mark Gene.

Wednesday sees the final day of 2008 testing at both Jerez and the Algarve.

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Nick Heidfeld and Sebastien Buemi at Jerez

The final test session of 2008 got underway today, with teams split between the location of the last test, the Jerez ciruit in Spain and the Internacional do Algarve in Portugal. The Algarve circuit, which was completed in October, held it’s first ever F1 test day.

Only McLaren and Ferrari were in action at the new circuit, with Honda scheduled to join them before being forced to pull out due to it’s ongoing search for a buyer. The 2008 championship rivals experience limited running, with strong winds all day. Gary Paffett was out for McLaren and testing the 2009 front wing, while Felipe Massa could only complete 36 laps and was feeling ill. Paffett’s final time was a 1:31.788, 1.1 seconds faster than Massa’s.

Meanwhile in Jerez, Red Bull, BMW and Williams were all in action. Sebastien Buemi was now in a Red Bull RB4, but was still topping the time sheets. His lap of 1:17.704 was over 1.6 seconds faster than Brendon Hartley, who was also out for the Austrian team. Nick Heidfeld was once again out in a 2009 spec BMW, setting the second fastest time of 1:19.223. Christian Klien was 4 tenths behind in a KERS fitted BMW. Nico Hulkenburg completed the most laps for Williams, and rounded up the times in fifth place.

Testing continues at both circuits into tomorrow.

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Sebatien Buemi in STR3 at Jerez

Sebastien Buemi has given a boost to his campaign to land a Toro Rosso seat next year, by finishing fastest at all three days of the latest test at the Jerez circuit. The Toro Rossos were once again leading the time sheets, with their only slightly modified 2008 car, but Buemi shook off competition from Sebastien Bourdais and Takuma Sato to try and prove that he is ready for an F1 race seat.

Day one of the test saw only 6 teams make an appearance. The former Honda team were forced to pull out as they were too busy talking to buyers, with Force India, Toyota and Red Bull also missing. Kimi Raikkonen made his return to the wheel of an F1 car, following the season finale. His best time, 1:20.261, put him fifth behind McLaren test drivers Gary Paffett and Pedro de la Rosa. Everyone had their running affected by rain and fog, though. Buemi led with a 1:18.74, just over half a second faster than Bourdais.

Day two, and McLaren revealed their concept 2009 car. Heikki Kovalainen joined in, alongside de la Rosa, and drove his KERS-fitted McLaren to the sixth fastest time. Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa made their off-season testing debuts, and Bourdais and Sato shared their testing duties. Neither could beat Buemi though, with Sato six tenths off his best time, and Bourdais just behind in third.

The final day of the test saw Kovalainen as the fastest man not in a Toro Rosso. His time was 0.7 seconds ahead of Raikkonen, 1 second ahead of Massa, and a further 0.3 seconds ahead of Alonso. Meanwhile, Buemi completed his hat trick with a best time of 1:17.258, just under 0.3 seconds faster than Sato.

The final tests of the year start on December 15, with teams split between Jerez and the brand new Algarve circuit in Portugal.

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Sebastien Bourdais in Toro Rosso STR3 at Shanghai

Three drivers will be joining Scuderia Toro Rosso for their first testing duties of the off-season. Sebastien Bourdais, Sebastien Buemi and Takuma Sato will be under evaluation for the two race seats available at the Italian team, who waved goodbye to their star driver, Sebastian Vettel, at the end of the season.

Four time champ car champion, Bourdais, came under pressure mid-season for not matching up to Vettel’s results, and may now get the boot from the team if he is out-performed at the upcoming test. His rivals (Red Bull third driver, Buemi, and Sato, who also tested for STR in September following the collapse of his Super Aguri team), are both looking in very strong positions for a race seat. If rumours are to be believed, GP2 drivers Bruno Senna and Giorgio Pantano may also be in the running for a seat, and even Rubens Barrichello may be a contender for a drive, if he is forced out of Honda.

The test will take place at Barcelona next week.

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Former F1 driver, Takuma Sato, will test for Toro Rosso later this month in the hope to get back in a F1 car for 2009. Sato is Japan’s most successful racing driver, having accompanied Jenson Button at BAR for three years, before moving to Super Aguri, who folded this year at Turkey. However, with Vettel leaving for Red Bull next year, a spare seat is open at Toro Rosso, which Sato is keen to fill.

Red Bull test driver, Sebastien Buemi, will also test for Toro Rosso in late September. Buemi is the favourite to take Vettel’s seat at Toro Rosso next year, however he could line up with Sato if rumours about Sebastian Bourdais seat being under pressure are true. Buemi is currently competing in this years GP2 series, running fifth, and signed as Red Bull’s reserve driver in January

Team principal Franz Tost has not given anything away, saying “Buemi is an obvious candidate, because not only is he already part of the Red Bull family, he is currently performing well in the GP2 series. As for Sato, he has proved worthy of a place in Formula One and would be a good fit with the Red Bull spirit, while his recent F1 experience would be undoubtedly valuable to our team.”

The test will take place at Jerez in Spain on September 17th and 18th.

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