Sebastien Bourdais seems to be getting a bit of press these days, and most of it is bad. Up until now he seemed to be his own worst critic. But today he struck back, perhaps providing some explanation to why he has not been performing as well as his teammate.
“I am convinced I am not any slower than Sebastian(Vettel) in a car where I am comfortable.”
The statement reminds me of a comment Graham Rahal made last year:
“Sebastien likes his car setup different than I do. I can’t drive a car like Sebastien does; he likes a lot of understeer in his car and I just can’t cope with that.”
Some are going to label Sebastien as a baby, no doubt. Let us examine some of the arguments that he has going against him.
2. Vettel has been out performing him.
Take a look at the results:
Race Bourdais Vettel
Australia 7th RET
Malaysia RET RET
Bahrain 15th RET
Spain RET RET
Turkey RET 17th
Monaco RET 5th
Canada 13th 8th
France 17th 12th
GB 11th RET
Germany 12th 8th
Hungary 18th RET
Europe 10th 6th
Belgium 7th 5th
Of the 13 races, 4 go to Bourdais , 7 go to Vettel and 2 no finishes. 3 top 10’s for Bourdais and 5 top 10’s for Vettel. Vettle has 6 DNF, Bourdais has 4.
No one can possibly say that Bourdais hasn’t been competitive.. especially before the STR3. But here is the thing… Did anyone else notice that Vettel has failed to finish almost half of his annuities?. I guess it only matters when a driver crashes during testing sessions.
Here is another interesting fact. Here is a list of all drivers this year and last, and the DNF count by the 10th race (2008 and 2007).
Vitantonio Liuzzi: 6