• Sep 8, 2009
Sebastien Bourdais may not have made a go of it in Formula One, but after winning the Champ Car World Series four years in a row and coming in second at Le Mans two years running, the Le Mans native clearly has plenty to offer. Between the lower formulas, touring cars, sports car racing and countless other forms of motorsport, there's probably more options for a failed F1 driver today than there ever has been before. So where did the French driver end up? Superleague Formula.

While we've seen this racing series around before, it's never really registered all that large on our radar screens. In a rather unusual cross-discipline sports initiative, the idea behind the Superleague Formula is to have teams representing the biggest soccer squads in Europe face off against each other on racing circuits using identical single-seater racers. Panoz DP09 chassis running 750-horsepower 4.2-liter V12s with six-speed sequential gearboxes and slick tires, to be precise. And while it may seem more like a publicity stunt than anything else, it has attracted a handful of former F1 drivers – including Robert Doornbos, Antônio Pizzonia and Giorgio Pantano – and has now snagged Bourdais.

The once promising French driver made his race debut this weekend for the Sevilla team at Estoril in neighboring Portugal, and won on his first time out. Not too shabby. Bourdais will, of course, be trying to find his way back into an F1 race seat, but in the meantime, football fans may want to hold him down for a while longer.

[Source: Superleague Formula]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I presume this series was created from the scraps of the closed-down A1GP series?

      I'm a believer in Bourdais. He really has a lot going for him, the only negative is that he's flunked out of F1 once already.
        • 5 Years Ago
        NO

        A1GP had Ferrari engines & a chassis based on a 05-06? Ferrari F1 car
        • 5 Years Ago
        NO!

        A1GP used Ferrari engines & a chassis based on a 05-06? F1 Ferrari.
        • 5 Years Ago
        He wasn't exactly in a top shelf team, and you're only as good as your car. I wouldn't exactly call him an F1 failure...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's racing and football! Why didnt I know of this? Does Barca have a car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      winning on his debut race..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Paging USF1...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Werd.
        But can they afford him?
        And do they want him? USF1 will need a wily veteran than can set up a car for a hotshoe rookie that has all kinds of upside and drives for cheap. I'm afraid Bourdais is in-between right now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A1GP is still going I believe.. I don't think it's actually folded yet... since it's still listed as the support race for the Nikon SuperGP (Gold Cost V8 Supercars).


      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, we now know he wasn't the problem in the Toro Rosso stable... He's racking up trophies while STR are just getting nowhere...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Heh - I wonder just how much the DP09 and DP01 are similar - engine differences aside, Bourdais did some good driving in the DP01. Likely, both of those Panoz' deriving more downforce from the underbody instead of the wings are a good deal less twitchy than a modern F1 car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He's fast but not F1 fast... Some people are race something else. Bourdais might be better at racing heavier cars which kinda explains why he's so good in champ car, superleague and LMP1 but not F1 cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just a small correction. Superleague formula is not about the "biggest soccer squads in Europe". At least not only, if you look at the competing teams you'll find teams like Flamengo and Corinthians (two brazilian - hence south american and not european - teams).
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