Sato's future unsure
6 February 2009 – Takuma Sato was disappointed that the Japan's most successful driver will not be part of the Formula 1 grid in the upcoming season. Sato does say that Formula One is unfinished business for him and he is determined to stay in top level motorsport.
On Friday morning Scuderia Toro Rosso announced Sebastien Bourdais as the team's driver for the upcoming season. Bourdais will continue at the Italian team for another season and will be joined by rookie driver Sebastian Buemi. Sato was tested several times by Toro Rosso but in the end the team decided to sign up Bourdais. A disappointing decision for the Japanese driver. "I am not sure what my future holds, I will be discussing with my Manager what our next steps should be," Sato said. "However, I strongly feel that I have unfinished business in F1 and that I still have a lot to give. I am determined to stay in top level motorsport and I will be fully focused on making a return to F1 as long as any opportunity is there.
"I want to thank all my supporters who have been absolutely fantastic with their loyalty, I will always remember these fantastic relationships we have built and hope we can one day repay this support."
Sato's Manager Andrew Gilbert Scott didn't make a secret of it that he is also very disappointed. He commented on Toro Rosso's decision: "I am extremely disappointed that Scuderia Toro Rosso has not chosen Takuma to race for them in 2009. Taku had showed tremendous speed and commitment during the three tests he did for the team and I believe he proved to be the faster driver.
"Unfortunately however the team made no secret about the fact that they would need the drive to bring a substantial amount of funding to the team to secure the drive. We have all been working very hard and have been able to attract a significant amount of sponsorship to support the team but unfortunately it was obviously not enough to secure the drive.
"We would like to thank our loyal and new sponsors and also many Takuma fans for everything they did to try to help secure the Toro Rosso drive for Taku. We will now be looking ahead for the next opportunity."