After Bruno Senna rubbished the rumour that he has already signed for Scuderia Toro Rosso for 2009, the Austro/Italian team have stated that they will be evaluating Red Bull test driver Sébastien Buemi at the Jerez test in September. Sébastien was announced as Red Bull’s test driver for this season back in January, and although the testing limits have meant the Swiss driver has seen little serious action in the car, Buemi has been busy doing PR stunts for the team as well as competing in the GP2 series.
We are going to test him [Buemi] at Jerez. It is an evaluation for next year. The ideal situation would be a young driver and an experienced one. We are putting everyone on the list who is free, but there is no clear opinion at this stage. We will take our time. Gerhard Berger.
Buemi isn’t the only driver being suggested for the Scuderia Toro Rosso seat, and their may even be two to fill. Sebastian Vettel has already signed a contract for parent team Red Bull Racing, and unless Sebastien Bourdais improves his form in the next few races (which he has already started to do given his Valencia result), he too may be shown the door. On the cards are Bruno Senna (the rumour refuses to die), Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson. Davidson is desperate to get back into a Formula One car and deserves a chance to race in my opinion, and Sato would help Red Bull crack the Japanese market with their energy drink, as well having someone who is experienced.