British Formula One ace Jenson Button’s future in the sport still lies in the balance after Toro Rosso confirmed its drivers for this season’s championship.
Button had been tipped to take a seat in the Italian team amid continued speculation over the future of his Honda team, which had said it was quitting Formula one altogether.
Toro Rosso had been slow to finalise its drivers for the 2009 championship, with some speculating that Button could be set to leave the uncertainty of Honda and head to the Italian company.
But Toro Rosso has now confirmed that Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais will partner rookie Sebastian Buemi meaning Button’s options should the Honda team fail to put a car on the grid come March will be extremely limited.
Honda said last week it remained committed to Formula One and was preparing for the 2009 season as normal.
A spokesman said the company was "optimistic" for the coming season, which will see McLaren-Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton kick off his bid to retain his world title in Australia on March 29th.
Written by Paul Jarvis