Bourdais clings to Toro Rosso contract

Sebastien Bourdais left the Nurburgring on Sunday evening intending to honour his full 2009 contract with Toro Rosso. The Frenchman was the subject of intense speculation all weekend that the Red Bull-owned team wants to immediately replace him...

Sebastien Bourdais left the Nurburgring on Sunday evening intending to honour his full 2009 contract with Toro Rosso.

The Frenchman was the subject of intense speculation all weekend that the Red Bull-owned team wants to immediately replace him with 19-year-old rookie Jaime Alguersuari.

After Bourdais, 30, retired from the race with hydraulic failure, his warm embrace with Giorgio Ascanelli was interpreted by some as a farewell.

The only mention of the driver in the post-race press release was that "we unfortunately suffered a hydraulic failure on Bourdais' car".

Also significantly, his manager Nicolas Todt refused to comment at all on the issue before leaving Germany, and Bourdais once again lost his temper with the media.

Questioned by the French broadcaster TF1, he snapped: "Stop making me talk about this, is that clear? I am under contract. I will be in Hungary."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Sébastien Bourdais , Jaime Alguersuari , Nicolas Todt
Teams Toro Rosso