Monday, July 8, 2013

Nothing Better Than Something for Bourdais

I truly believe that Sebastien Bourdais should not be in Indycar if his future is locked with Dragon Racing. It has become quite clear that Bourdais, who rose through the ranks in sports cars before establishing himself in Champ Car, has done absolutely nothing since joining the team owned by Jay Penske. And I'm not sure the blame rests on Bourdais. Actually, I know it;s not Bourdais's fault. It doesn't seem possible.

Sebastien Bourdais - Chinese F1 Grand Prix
After a successful tenure in Champ Car, Bourdais drove for Toro Rosso in 2008 and part of the 2009 Formula 1 season (Photo: Clive Mason)

See, Seb knows how to win. In 73 starts in Champ Car, Seabass won 31 races, podiumed 44 times, and claimed the pole 31 times. He led 2103 of the 6265 laps he partook in, roughly 33%. He won four straight championships between the years of 2004 and 2007, before jumping to Formula 1. After a dismal F1 career, Seb raced a whole bunch of series before returning part time to Indycar in 2011.

In 2012, Bourdais signed with Dragon Racing on a part time deal. He started on all the road courses plus Indianapolis. His average finish was 17th. It should be noted that he finished fourth at Mid Ohio, which was a great run. At Toronto, he was running in the top-five all day, before getting taken out on the last restart. And the first four races were run with the infamous Lotus engines. So last year, I gave him and the team a pass.

Sebastien Bourdais - Texas Motor Speedway: Day 2
If your results were based off the sexiness of your car, Bourdais would win every race (Photo: Todd Warshaw)

In 2013, things kind of picked up where they left off last year. Hey, who knows, maybe the Lotus is still in the back of his car. Bourdais has yet to finish in the top-ten, with an average finish almost mirroring that of 2012, 17.5. He is 21st in points. That I cannot wrap my head around. Someone as talented as Sebastien Bourdais should not be a bottom feeder in Indycar. I mean for heavens sake, Oriol Servia has more points than Bourdais, and Oriol has been in four less races than him.

It is clear that Dragon Racing is not at the level that Bourdais needs to succeed. A driver of his caliber can not be wasting some of his glory years being weighed down by a shitty car. Seb will have to tough out the rest of the year and hopefully a new deal will get him out of that team in the offseason. For Seb, anything is better than Dragon right now, even if that means going to ALMS or next season, going to USCS. I really hope he can find a ride elsewhere, like back to Dale Coyne, Bryan Herta Autosport, or even Panther Racing.

Who knows, maybe Jay Penske will take the piss out of him and fire him. I wouldn't put it past him.

Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

1 comment:

  1. Yes sir, that is exactly my concern, even i came up with the idea that maybe Seb was having a bad time family wise, like Dario, but no, he seem to be ok. Im really hopping he can get a spot on Porsche for next year or a better team in Indycar, i dont want him to be another Zanardi, DaMatta or even Montoya, where talented guys just get lost in the way back.

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