He’s a Formula 3000 title winner, and a three times ChampCar champion. He has tested for the now defunct Arrows team, and also for reigning champions Renault. Every time he has driven a Formula One car he has impressed. So why isn’t Sebastian Bourdais a Formula One driver?
Bourdais is in the news again because it has been announced today that he will test for Scuderia Toro Rosso in Jerez later this week. However, despite the Frenchman’s talent at single seater racing, no Formula One drives have come his way yet and he has remained in America with the Newman-Haas team, breaking records and winning titles.
Tom Walkinshaw came the closest at signing Sebastian back in 2002 for his Arrows team. Unfortuantely, the team went bust soon after Bourdais’ test. The following month Renault gave the young driver an opportunity to test their car, but neither party could come to an agreement and both went their separate ways. Bourdais chose to drive in America and has done well stateside, winning three titles in three consecutive years. Recent rumours have linked Bourdais to BMW – who recently gave Alex Zanardi the chance to drive a modified F1 car – but it seems Toro Rosso have got there first. Has now part owner and team boss Gerhard Berger got his little black book out and stuck two fingers up to his previous employer BMW? Possibly? Toro Rosso do have a weak lineup. Even Super Aguri have experience with Sato, and potential speed with Davidson. STR just have a funny hair style and a poor attitude! They could do with talent, but would a three time ChampCar champion want to drive a Toro Rosso to ninth place each race, or is he a David Coulthard replacement for 2008?