Like Rubens Barrichello at Honda, Sebastien Bourdais is enduring a long wait while Scuderia Toro Rosso make up their mind about whether he is staying with them in 2008.
There is a difference in the two cases, however. At Toro Rosso, the departure of Sebastian Vettel means there is some sense in maintaining continuity with at least one driver, especially going into a season of complex rules changes. And while Rubens is approaching the end of his career, Bourdais has just finished his first year, and there's a case for giving him a second in order to allow him to take advantage of everything he's learned.
But, as ever in F1, the situation isn't quite so clear cut. It's hard to avoid the fact that for much of 2008 Bourdais struggled to match Vettel, who lest we forget, was himself in only his first full season - but then the younger Sebastian is one of the greatest talents to come along in years and would have given any teammate a hard time.