After just a single season in formula one, Sebastien Bourdais' immediate future in premier single seater racing seems clouded.

After just a single season in formula one, Sebastien Bourdais' immediate future in premier single seater racing seems clouded.

The 29-year-old Frenchman, a multiple recent champion in the now defunct Champ Car series, raced in F1 for Toro Rosso in 2008 but on Monday did not feature on the FIA's official entry list for the forthcoming season.

According to earlier rumours from the US, however, Bourdais was being considered by the famous Indycar team Penske as a possible replacement for Helio Castroneves.

But Penske said on Tuesday that Australian driver Will Power will replace Castroneves in testing while the Brazilian is engaged with a tax evasion court case.

Bourdais' old Champ Car team Newman-Haas, now racing in Indycar, had been suggested as another alternative for Bourdais, but Dutchman Robert Doornbos is now widely believed to have secured the team's second seat for 2009.

Another Indycar seat at HVM remains vacant for 2009.

 

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