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10 Aug 2007

Bourdais secures 2008 Toro Rosso seat

Toro Rosso have confirmed that three-time Champ Car series champion Sebastien Bourdais will race for the team in 2008 as Sebastian Vettel’s team mate. Bourdais replaces Italian incumbent Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Frenchman Bourdais, who has tested on three occasions for Toro Rosso this year, will be free to join the team after the final round of this year's Champ Car campaign on December 2.

Bourdais, 28, is currently leading the series with the Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing team and has won the title for the past three years. Prior to building his career in the United States, he was crowned Formula 3000 champion in 2002.

"It has been a long time coming, but here we are!" said Bourdais. "I would like to thank everyone at Red Bull for believing in me and giving me this long-awaited opportunity to race in Formula One. I must also thank Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing for letting me pursue my dream and allowing me to test for Scuderia Toro Rosso a few times this year."

Sebastian Bourdais (FRA) Toro Rosso Formula One Testing, 10-12 July 2007, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. World © Moy/Sutton