CHAMPCAR/CART: Bourdais to test for Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso announced on December 11th that Champ Car's Sebastien Bourdais will drive for the team during the upcoming test session at Jerez this week. The Italian squad is scheduled to be at the Spanish track for three days, starting on Wednesday 13th.

S?bastien Bourdais.
Photo by Chris Von Wieldt.

Reigning Champ Car champion Bourdais has claimed the title for the past three years with the Newman/Haas Racing team, which has endorsed the test with Toro Rosso. The 27 year-old Frenchman has been frustrated by the lack of interest in him from F1, although he's not new to the series.

A few years ago Bourdais had a test with Arrows but the team went bankrupt before he could pursue any possibilities. He was also linked with Renault but no further progress was made and he went off to win a string of titles in Champ Car.

Toro Rosso has yet to officially confirm its drivers for next year, although co-owner Gerhard Berger has been quoted as saying that the current line up of Tonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed is likely to remain. Neither were named on the FIA entry list for 2007.

However, although Bourdais testing for Toro Rosso will no doubt generate interest, the team pointed out that the Frenchman intends to defend his Champ Car title with NHR in 2007. That would leave little time for any kind of participation in F1.