Sebastien Bourdais has admitted that his F1 ambitions are 'finished' Four-time ChampCar title-holder and failed Formula 1 pilot Sébastien Bourdais has admitted that his hopes of returning for another crack at F1 are “finished”.

After a dominant career in North America, Frenchman Bourdais was lured over to Formula 1 with Toro Rosso in 2008, but struggled in the sport and was fired midway through the 2009 season.

The 31-year-old driver from Le Mans has since carved out a new career in endurance racing, as well as the SuperLeague Formula championship.

Sebastien Bourdais, 2010
After F1, Bourdais has carved out a career in sports car racing, competing for the works Peugeot LMS outfit

He recently tested with the Dale Coyne IndyCar team at Sebring with a view to making a return to the American scene where he performed so well, but admitted that his hopes of another stint in F1 had all but evaporated.

“For me, F1 is finished, and – anyway – I don’t want to run at the back any more,” he told

“Unless someone comes to me with a very interesting offer, which I doubt very much, I turned the page after the Nurburgring in 2009 and I don’t miss [F1] at all.

“I had some good races, some bad ones and some [were] terrible. I have the experience but I’ll be 32 soon so I am aware that the time has passed.

“I had my chance, it didn’t go exactly as I wanted, but it happened. Now, I am looking for other challenges,” he concluded.

And as for his recent with Dale Coyne, the multiple champion was impressed with what he found, particularly given how much the IndyCar Series has evolved in the few years he has been away from the sport.

Sebastien Bourdais, 2009
Bourdais endured a torrid – and brief – time in F1 with Toro Rosso and was fired midway through 2009 

“I was not sure what to expect, but I was impressed with the way the car handled, and look forward to putting together the pieces to get back into IndyCar racing,” he added.

“I really believe in what Dale is doing with his team and it can be a great workable opportunity for both of us this year.”

Sebastien Bourdais, 2006
Could Bourdais add a fifth title on North American soil in the recently re-formed IndyCar series? 

The Dale Coyne team has achieved just a single victory in over twenty years of competition, and last year ran the relatively quick Alex Lloyd alongside the hapless Milka Duno.

Team boss Coyne has made it clear his hopes to sign Bourdais and bring his team into a more credible position.

“We have talked with Sébastien before and this is an opportunity that has great potential,” he said.

“We are very serious about moving our effort forward and this, coupled with the continuing Boy Scouts of America [sponsorship] programme from last season, is one of the most important steps in that direction we can possibly make.”

[Original images via AUTOSPORT, LAT and XPB]

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