Sébastien Bourdais has all but ruled out ever returning to Formula 1.
The four-time Champ Car champion competed for a season and a half with Toro Rosso before being sacked midway through the 2009 season after being summarily outclassed by both his team-mates, Sebastian Vettel (2008) and Sébastien Buemi (2009). He now competes in the Le Mans Series for Peugeot and the curious SuperLeague Formula.
However, Sébastien has admitted that a lack of
talent sponsorship is thwarting his return to a topline seat in F1, let alone the United States, which was very much his stomping ground in his pre-F1 days.
Speaking with his native Sports.fr, Bourdais said: "I am 31 years old. I don’t see how I could be back in a F1 cockpit, especially since it already did not go so well.
"If someone offers me a car, why not? But, personally, I have stopped chasing it.”
Describing his past employer, Toro Rosso, as wanting a driver “who shuts up and drives”, Bourdais admitted that his relationship with the team was difficult from the outset.
“They did not decide the development of the car or the technical paths, so it was always going to end in the way it did,” he said.
”Now, I have no regrets, but I would have if I had not tried [Formula 1].”
[Original image via The Cahier Archive]