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Bourdais to test with STR next week

Sebastien Bourdais has moved a step closer to the second racing seat at Scuderia Toro Rosso, autosport.com has learned, as the Frenchman will test with the team next week at Jerez

Toro Rosso are the only team yet to confirm their full line-up for the 2009 season, having only announced Sebastien Buemi so far.

However, autosport.com has learned that Bourdais is now on pole position to secure the second racing seat, and he will test with Toro Rosso in next week's test at Jerez.

Although there is no official confirmation yet, the four-time Champ Car champion looks certain to secure the seat.

Bourdais made his Formula One debut with Toro Rosso last season, but was largely eclipsed by teammate Sebastian Vettel in the second half of the season as the Frenchman felt the car did not suit his driving style.

With Bourdais now likely to secure the seat, Japanese Takuma Sato's chances of racing in F1 next year seems to have vanished.

The former Super Aguri driver tested for Toro Rosso at the end of last year and was one of the candidates for the second seat at the Italian squad.

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