It has emerged that the other contenders for seats at Toro Rosso next year will also appear at the next formula one test.

It has emerged that the other contenders for seats at Toro Rosso next year will also appear at the next formula one test.

Out-of-work hopeful Takuma Sato, who dropped off the grid with the demise of the Super Aguri team early in 2008, is set to test for a third time with Faenza based STR at the Jerez outing next week, it was confirmed on Thursday.

The news indicates he is still strongly in the running for a race seat, but a team spokesperson on Thursday confirmed that he will not be alone in action at the wheel of a STR3 at the southern Spanish track.

Like 31-year-old Sato, his main contender Sebastien Bourdais is also scheduled to run for two days at Jerez.

The Swiss youngster Sebastien Buemi, meanwhile, who will almost certainly replace Sebastien Vettel at the team in 2009, will test on all three days of the test.

Team owner Dietrich Mateschitz said recently an announcement about STR's drivers will be made before Christmas, but the spokesperson said no such deadline applies.

 

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