Nov.3 - Alex Wurz is staying as Honda's test and reserve driver in 2009, he said in Brazil on Sunday.

The 34-year-old Austrian retired as a race driver after the 2007 season, but returned to the paddock this year as a tester, a role in which he is often described as the sport's best.

"I had already signed the contract (including 2009) last year," Wurz told the Austrian broadcaster ORF, with whom he also works at grands prix.

Honda has not yet announced its race driver lineup for 2009, amid speculation about the future of Rubens Barrichello, and a possible seat for rookie Bruno Senna.