• Apr 25, 2007

It's a sad state of affairs when the pure talent of a racing driver isn't enough to advance his career. In the case of Sebastien Bourdais, the top teams on the F1 grid have apparently been blind to his domination in Champ Cars, as our favorite Frenchman (okay, second favorite, after Talladega Nights arch-villain Jean Girard) looks like he's headed for his fourth consecutive title in the open-wheel series.

Enter Nicholas Todt, who is out to change Bourdais' fortunes and secure him a drive for the 2008 Formula One season. The fellow Frenchman did wonders for Felipe Massa, who started out at Sauber (then powered by Ferrari), then took a test seat at Ferrari (where Nick's dad Jean is king), before moving him back to Sauber (still with Ferrari engines) to race for another season, before taking the race seat at Ferrari alongside Schumacher. Now Massa is a contender for the title.

Nicholas Todt has now signed on to manage Bourdais' racing activities in Europe. In between ChampCar races, Bourdais is driving at Le Mans for Peugeot, and has been testing for Scuderia Toro Rosso. Todt has reportedly arranged for the talented 28-year-old driver to test again for the STR, which uses engines supplied by (you guessed it) Ferrari, and the rumors are that they might have secured a race seat with the squad for next season.

Could Bourdais prove to be the next star "rookie" in F1? Time will tell, we hope, but this proven entity is no rookie. Shame he'll have to start from the back of the grid, but his apparent willingness to do so only confirms his determination.

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[Source: GrandPrix.com]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder what Doornbos is thinking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think he takes over at Red Bull Racing next year and David Coulthard retires. He would be wasting his time at STR in my opinion. Although I think both of those seats will be open next year or even one this year. Scott Speed might not make the whole season.
      • 7 Years Ago
      SB's won in Champ Car, sure...with the best team, and fighting with Justin Wilson -- who was at best a midpacker -- if that. And now against Oriol Servia, who, whilst talented, isn't Fernando Alonso.

      Bourdais is just a small fish in a vry small puddle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      JV & JPM
      • 7 Years Ago
      STR/Berger need oney so they don't have the cash, w/o new Sponsors to pay a Bourdais. That and the STR is a back marker car for now so why move to F1 to trundle around below the top 10?
      I agree that a ride with RB's top team is a much better fit. Of course Renault badly need a rejig as well. Maybe SB and Mr B could bury their hatchet and work things out?
      it's incredible that no topteam has bothered to test SB. F1 tuypes can be so introverted re driving talent is quite funny! Actually quite a few F1 seats may be available in 2008. Toyota? Honda? Williams?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toro Rosso is a good team, a backmarker now, but they have a good team working on the car for 2008. I wonder when we'll see Bruno Senna in F1...

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      • 7 Years Ago
      STR/Berger need oney so they don't have the cash, w/o new Sponsors to pay a Bourdais. That and the STR is a back marker car for now so why move to F1 to trundle around below the top 10?
      I agree that a ride with RB's top team is a much better fit. Of course Renault badly need a rejig as well. Maybe SB and Mr B could bury their hatchet and work things out?
      it's incredible that no topteam has bothered to test SB. F1 tuypes can be so introverted re driving talent is quite funny! Actually quite a few F1 seats may be available in 2008. Toyota? Honda? Williams?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll be looking forward to Bourdais with an F1 seat. Too bad that no matter how good he drives, he'll be stuck in a bottom-feeding STR car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bourdais is not yet too old for F1, but he and everyone else knpws that this is going to be his last chance to make it in. Even though he won several Champ Car titles he has always wanted to race in F1.