Sebastien Bourdais said this week he has his "fingers crossed" he can extend his new formula one career into a second season in 2009.

Sebastien Bourdais said this week he has his "fingers crossed" he can extend his new formula one career into a second season in 2009.

After a difficult rookie campaign, the 29-year-old Frenchman enjoyed better form at Toro Rosso in the last races of this year, but is still yet to know if he will be retained.

"You could conclude that it was a bad season; indeed, if I were to start again, instead of seeking a radical solution to my problems, I would concentrate on smaller things," Bourdais said.

He said he is now waiting on Toro Rosso's decision.

"I hope to know more very soon and have my fingers crossed for good news. I really want to continue," the multiple Champ Car title winner told France's L'Equipe.

Bourdais finished 2008 17th in the drivers' classification, compared with his Red Bull-bound teammate Sebastian Vettel's eighth, but his late-season form in the STR3 was vastly improved.

"I therefore ignored the concept that (Brazil) was perhaps the last grand prix of my career," he wrote.