With Sebastian Vettel moving up to the Red Bull
senior squad to fill the vacancy left by David Coulthard's
, the motor racing community has been held in suspense, waiting for the junior Scuderia Toro Rosso team to announce their drivers for 2009. The team has now confirmed that 20-year-old Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi – part of Red Bull's driver development program, who drove in GP2 last season while acting as test driver for Red Bull Racing – will take Vettel's seat for the coming season. Buemi, whose cousin Natacha Gachnang
is to headline the new Formula 2 series, actually signed before the holidays, but the news wasn't revealed until recently.
The last remaining piece of the puzzle, however, remains who will drive alongside Buemi in the new season. With the exception of the former Honda
team, the second Toro Rosso seat is the only one left unconfirmed
. Incumbent Sebastien Bourdais and veteran Takuma Sato are both reportedly in the running, but STR is apparently in no rush to decide, leaving the filing deadline on the Thursday before the season opener in Australia
as their only parameter.