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MessageSujet: Re: Bourdais 2017   Lun 23 Avr 2018 - 22:54

Sébastien Bourdais : « Cela s'est retourné contre nous »


A nouveau classé dans le top 5 à Barber, Sébastien Bourdais reconnaît toutefois avoir perdu son pari de tenter une stratégie à un seul arrêt avant l'arrivée de la pluie.


5e hier à l'arrivée sur le Barber Motorsports Park en Alabama, Sébastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan - Honda) affichait une pointe de fatalisme quant au déroulé de la seconde partie d'une épreuve reportée de dimanche à lundi en raison de la météo capricieuse sur la région.

Deuxième derrière Josef Newgrden (Team Penske - Chevrolet) lors de la relance de la course, le Français s'est appliqué à observer une stratégie à un seul arrêt, sauvegardant le maximum de carburant pour n'effectuer qu'un seul passage par la voie des stands.

Un pari qui paraissait gagnant jusqu'au retour de la pluie dans les derniers instants. « Nous avons exécuté le plan à la perfection, commente Bourdais. Nous avons eu beaucoup de dégradation des pneus au début, mais nous avons quand même pu économiser plus de carburant que la plupart des autres.

Josef attaquait mais il semblait que nous pouvions le battre avec son deuxième arrêt et nous avons pris les devants. J'avais assez de carburant pour finir, mais malheureusement, Mère Nature a décidé d'ouvrir le ciel et il n'y avait rien que nous puissions faire à ce sujet. Nous avons essayé de rester dehors et cela s'est retourné contre nous. »

D'autant plus que le Français a dû composer avec une monoplace délicate après avoir chaussé les gommes pluie au 76e tour. « Je ne sais pas ce qu'il s'est passé mais la voiture était diabolique. Je ne pouvais rien faire. J'ai à peine gardé Scott Dixon derrière moi.

Malheureusement, vous ne pouvez pas prédire ce que la météo va offrir, donc vous devez faire un choix dans un sens ou dans l'autre et nous étions du mauvais côté de la barrière aujourd'hui. »

Sébastien Bourdais se maintient toutefois dans le tiercé de tête au championnat avant l'entame du mois de mai à Indianapolis, d'abord avec l'épreuve routière du 12 mai, suivi du grand rendez-vous des 500 miles (27 mai).

L’étonnante statistique de Sébastien Bourdais

La saison 2018 d’IndyCar Series a débuté depuis 4 courses déjà, le spectacle est toujours garanti. Sébastien Bourdais est l’un des hommes en forme de ce championnat, il détient une statistique intéressante.

L’indyCar Series a changé un peu les règles du jeu en 2018 avec un kit aérodynamique unique à toutes les écuries. Le tout, pour redonner plus de possibilités de dépassements aux pilotes. Le pilotage des nouvelles monoplaces fait l’unanimité auprès des pilotes.

Sébastien Bourdais démarre en trombe

L’an passé, la saison se déroulait plutôt bien pour Sébastien Bourdais, il était dans le Top 5 jusqu’à l’Indy500. Et puis, vinrent les qualifications d’Indianapolis, et son effroyable accident qui mit un terme à sa saison, heureusement pas à sa carrière.

Opiniâtre dans l’âme, il reviendra au volant en fin de saison, quelques mois après de lourdes fractures. Sa saison 2018 commence de la plus belle des manières. Aux premières loges du duel entre Rossi et Wickens, il récupère la victoire lors des derniers tours à St. Petersburg.

Touché, mais pas coulé

Après une victoire à domicile à St. Petersburg, quoi de mieux qu’une pole position sur ovale, à Phoenix. Sa course est maîtrisée, mais en percutant très légèrement l’un de ses mécaniciens aux stands, il écopera d’une pénalité. Cela le privera d’un bon résultat, une 13ème place finale avec un goût amer.

La course de Long Beach, troisième rendez-vous de la saison, lui offrira quelques sensations fortes. Néanmoins, auteur d’un dépassement exaltant, il sera pénalisé pour avoir empiété sur la ligne des stands suite à une manoeuvre défensive de Dixon. Une autre pénalité et un contact en piste venu d'un freinage kamikaze d'un Rookie feront que Sébastien Bourdais terminera la course au 13ème rang à nouveau.

Quant à la récente course du Barber Motorsport Park en Alabama, il a encore prouvé qu’on pourrait compter sur lui. Sa superbe stratégie décalée, lui permit de faire douter le vainqueur du jour, Josef Newgarden. Probablement que sans la pluie dans les  tout derniers tours, il aurait gagné la course ou au au moins accroché un meilleur résultat que la 5ème place.

Sébastien Bourdais a mené toutes les courses

Ainsi, Sébastien Bourdais a été en tête dans les 4 courses de la saison 2018 d’IndyCar. Son accident d’Indy500 semble bien loin derrière, la performance est clairement de retour. Jimmy Vasser est arrivé en renfort chez Dale Coyne Racing, dont Sébastien Bourdais porte le projet vers le succès. Il est le troisième pilote ayant mené le plus de tours sur les 4 premières courses de la saison. Il occupe actuellement la 3ème place du classement avec 119 points.
http://sports.usatoday.com/2018/04/16/indycar-sebastien-bourdais-grand-prix-long-beach-ignites-fireworks/
Sebastien Bourdais ignites fireworks at Long Beach, steals the show

Sebastien Bourdais dives into the Turn 11 Hairpin during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Stephen King for Verizon IndyCar Series)
LONG BEACH, Calif. — It is my sincerest hope that when Sebastien Bourdais woke up Monday morning, there was a single question bouncing around his brain.

Not, Why did IndyCar Race Control work me over twice in the same race? (More on this later.)

And not: Why must I contend with So. Many. “Idiots”? (More on that later, too).

But simply: Are you not entertained?

Seriously, IndyCar fans. Are you not entertained? I’m not sure how you couldn’t be. Not long after setting the streets of Long Beach on fire with some of the boldest overtakes in the near-50 year history of this prestigious race, the fiery Frenchman followed it up minutes later with a post-race rant for the ages.

All in all, he was a one-man show Sunday that might have just stole the spotlight from a race weekend that featured some pretty compelling acts. Whether it was the phenomenal Alexander Rossi blistering around the track en route to a dominating victory, or the Mazda Road to Indy taking a long and deserved bow as two of its graduates finished third (Ed Jones) and fourth (Zach Veach) in one of the series’ premier races, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was not short on storylines.

Yet it was Bourdais’ smooth moves – he picked off Scott Dixon twice within about five minutes — and subsequent wrath that enraptured social media and the IndyCar community alike. Following a disappointing 13th-place finish – despite having a car capable of much better – the impassioned Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan driver let fly a series of Mike Tyson-esque swings at what felt like half those involved in the weekend festivities.

ROSSI: Long Beach winner putting his stamp on 2018 season

VEACH: Fourth-place results strengthens will to succeed for rookie

HIGHLIGHTS: How the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach played out

Here’s an excerpt from his post-race rant where he starts out by describing getting caught in pit lane when a caution came out and goes on from there:

“Race Control could have waited a couple seconds before closing the pits, but they didn’t, and we went to the back where we had to race idiots,” he said. “I was racing (Charlie) Kimball side-by-side, and he gives me no room, and he bent both of my toe links on the right side. It was pretty much game over from there. I made a mistake because of it trying to pass him again later going into Turn 9. The car wouldn’t turn anymore. Then in the next corner Jordan King felt like a hero and took us out. After that I had to deal with another idiot, Matheus Leist, who tried to crash both of us a couple of times.

“There really wasn’t much to salvage after that. It’s really disappointing. The car was good. I drove the wheels off it. Passed a bunch of guys and we have nothing to show for it.”

Unless you’re one of the parties involved in his comments, it’s hard not to smile after reading such a refreshingly honest post-race assessment.

Yes, there’s something to be said for handling disappointment with discretion and for keeping disputes private rather than a public airing of grievances.

That’s certainly a road Bourdais could have taken, but where’s the fun in that?

There’s also something to be said for the entertainment value provided by a guy who shoots from hip and says what’s on his mind. Especially in this sport. This is a fan base largely populated by a generation of people who grew up idolizing a hardcase from Texas named A.J. Foyt. That guy didn’t take anything from anyone, and if someone ticked him off, he let them know about it.

Despite being born thousands of miles from Texas and decades later, Bourdais is cut from the same cloth. He isn’t the only driver in the paddock with a little “Super Tex” in him, but he’s certainly one of few who boasts the resume required to go on the tirade he did.

With four CART championships and nearly 40 CART/IndyCar wins to his name, Bourdais has more than earned the right to say what he wants to whom he wants when he wants.
Pit strategy gamble doesn't pay off for Bourdais

It's not an exaggeration to say the rain cost Sebastien Bourdais his second victory of 2018.
One a one-stop strategy, Bourdais was sitting pretty in the dry with about 25 minutes left in the two-hour time race. He was in second place and with leader Josef Newgarden facing his second pit stop under green, the four-time IndyCar champion was going to sweep into first place by about six seconds.
"I was saving fuel and tires and it was checkmate," Bourdais said about an hour after the rain-delayed race had finished. "We had the perfect pace and strategy and [Newgarden] wasn't going to beat us.
"But we can't control the weather."
A race that started in sunshine turned wet with about 20 minutes to go. A light rain turned into a hard one and that sent everybody scrambling into the pits.
Almost everyone.
Newgarden, who dominated the race from the pole and led 73 of 82 laps, came in for rain tires on Lap 71 and Seb took the point. It gave him a 13-second lead over the 2017 IndyCar champion and that's when owner Dale Coyne started asking his driver to stay out and hang on.
"Dale is a gambler and he was going for the win because all we needed was one yellow, one guy to spin out and the race is going to end under caution because it was timed," said Craig Hampson, the engineer who has meshed so well with the 39-year-old Frenchman in his American open-wheel career.
"Seb did all he could but when it started raining harder and harder, he had to come in and we waited three laps too long, It cost us second place for sure."
A winner in the season opener at St. Petersburg, pole-sitter at Phoenix and the best reason to watch Long Beach when he charged up to second place before being hosed by an untimely caution flag, Bourdais finished fifth on Monday.
He's still third in the Verizon point standings heading for Indianapolis but knows it could have been so much better.
"If it just doesn't start raining so hard we're in great shape," he said. "But Dale is the boss and I owe him that [to take a gamble], it just didn't work out today."

LATE RAIN DROWNS BOURDAIS' BID FOR BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK VICTORY


Without rain, Sebastien Bourdais likely would’ve celebrated in victory lane. Because of it, he huddled under a tarp behind his team’s pit stand after today's race and explained his frustration with a fifth-place finish.

Bourdais led the timed conclusion of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America’s First by 13.615 seconds with 9 minutes remaining in the timed race at Barber Motorsports Park. Unfortunately, it had started to rain. Bourdais was on slick tires and most everyone behind him was charging forward on rain tires.

Ultimately, Bourdais had to pit for rain tires with 7 minutes left and surrendered the lead to Josef Newgarden, who went on to win as Bourdais faded to fifth.

When asked if we would’ve won had the rain held off, Bourdais nodded affirmatively.

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama“Yeah, because I really took good care of my tires and I’d saved enough fuel that I really wasn’t going to need to do that (stop for fuel) down the road,” he said. “It’s a tough one, man.”

After postponement because of rain Sunday after 22 laps, the race restarted today with Bourdais in second place behind Newgarden. Bourdais and engineer Craig Hampson devised a strategy to save fuel to get the No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda into the lead.

It worked initially, as Bourdais took over first place when Newgarden pitted on Lap 49. Bourdais stayed in the lead for five laps before pitting, then regained the lead when Newgarden pitted again on Lap 71 – with about 15 minutes remaining – to take on rain tires and get a splash of fuel.

That’s when it became tricky for Bourdais and Hampson. Initially, the rain was light, but it steadily increased in intensity, making it more difficult to maintain car control on slicks. Eventually, Bourdais pitted for rain tires, then struggled to find grip.    

“Believe it or not, I think it was probably harder on rains,” Bourdais said. “The last lap was the killer. I think we lost probably six seconds on that lap, maybe even more. I was losing three seconds a lap on the on the last two or three laps on rains. I don’t know exactly what happened there. The wheels fell off the wagon, for sure.”

Bourdais had to hold off Scott Dixon in a drag race to the finish line for fifth place. He’s third in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings with 119 points, trailing only Newgarden (158) and Alexander Rossi (145), who finished 11th.

“Pretty frustrating,” Bourdais said. “Overall, the guys did a great job again, but the weather decided what it was today.”

BOURDAIS TO CO-HOST GAME SHOW NETWORK’S ‘DAILY DRAW

https://www.indycar.com/News/2018/04/04-25-Notebook

HEADING TO MAY, BOURDAIS FINDS HIMSELF IN FAMILIAR POSITION

When legendary New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra coined one of his most famous “Yogi-isms,” he could have been referring to Sebastien Bourdais.

It's been “déjà vu all over again” for the No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda driver, who's third overall in points after four races It puts him in the thick of the championship fight for the second straight season.

In 2017, the Frenchman looked to be a contender to score an unlikely fifth Indy car championship by punching well above modest Dale Coyne Racing's weight in the first four races, which put him fourth overall in points.

Fast forward to Monday's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America’s First and Bourdais once again has Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan in title contention after four races. In fact, the No. 18 fought for the victory in the completion of the rain-delayed event, leading before a late shower threw the win to reigning champion Josef Newgarden. Bourdais ended the race fifth and insisted it was “tough day.”

“Everyone (on the team) is executing perfectly,” said Bourdais. “The good news is we finished fifth and keep putting ourselves in position. Our pace is good and we are in the championship mix.”

Bourdais' strong start to the 2018 season actually has him one spot better in the points than he was last year heading into the INDYCAR Grand Prix (3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, May 12, ABC and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network). That's bad news for the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series field because, as demonstrated in Alabama, a little better luck could have seen the No. 18 reach the winner's circle at least three times in 2018. Bottom line is that Bourdais has most definitely deserved more podium finishes than the single one he's scored so far.

After repeating as winner in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Bourdais looked to be the driver to beat in Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix. He started on pole at ISM Raceway and led early, until a mistake in his first pit stop cost him dearly. He came in too hot on the concrete in his pit box and missed his marks, knocking down his left-front tire changer. Although the crewman was uninjured, a drive-through penalty for the incident put Bourdais on his back foot for the rest of the night and he ended up 13th.

He crossed the finish line in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 13th place, too, but emerged as the talking point of the race after putting on a passing clinic that almost overshadowed a dominant victory by Alexander Rossi.

Bourdais punctuated the race with an unbelievable overtake going into Turn 1 on Lap 47. Chasing Scott Dixon for second, Bourdais went three wide to the right as his prey tried to lap another car and then dove left for the apex underneath Matheus Leist, making it a jaw-dropping, three-car overtake in one fell swoop. Though he had to surrender the position back to Dixon when INDYCAR deemed the pass illegal because he crossed the pit lane exit line while making it, Bourdais quickly regained the spot from Dixon and was charging.

He took the lead 10 laps later and put himself is a prime position for a top finish, but an ill-timed yellow ruined everything. It went from bad to worse after contact with other drivers damaged his car and he barely managed to stay in the top 15.

While being back in the championship battle is welcomed, it's likely certain that one 2017 moment Bourdais doesn't want to relive is the engine failure in the INDYCAR Grand Prix that saw him park his car four laps into last year's race and drop out of the top five in points. Considering his speed in the first four races, it's probably a good bet Bourdais will do better than that 22nd-place finish on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course this year.

A week after the INDYCAR Grand Prix disappointment, Bourdais' 2017 championship hopes came to a sudden halt in a heavy accident in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.

He certainly isn’t looking for any “déjà vu” at Indy this year, instead setting his sights on remaining a contender throughout the entire 2018 season.

Because, in other immortal words of Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”
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MessageSujet: Re: Bourdais 2017   Ven 4 Mai 2018 - 20:01

BOURDAIS RETURNS TO INDY HOPING TO PUT 2017 CRASH BEHIND HIM


His return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, specifically Turn 2, brought out the candid sense of humor in Sebastien Bourdais.

The Frenchman’s body still aches from enduring an unforgettable qualifying crash in that corner during a qualifying run for last year's Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

After facing that turn for the first time since the crash on Monday morning during an open test, Bourdais was about to head for lunch when three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves approached on pit road.

“You good, my man?” Castroneves asked. “Comfortable?”

“Turn 2 still turns the same way,” Bourdais said. “It’s better when you’re not upside down, on fire though.”


The four-time Indy car champion would tweet later, “Pretty good day at the office. It sure feels nice to go thru turn 2 with 4 wheels on… (wink emoji).”

He admittedly didn’t know how he would feel about facing Turn 2 again. The last time he drove in there, Bourdais crashed and sustained multiple fractures to his pelvis as well as a broken right hip.

How could he not think about what happened? He always will.

“Well, yeah. Yesterday and the day before and every other day,” he said. “It’s not like I don’t wake up any day without feeling the consequences of what happened. It was not track specific. You make mistakes sometimes and that one bit me.”


His first two qualifying laps were quick enough to be No. 1.

“It’s too bad it wasn’t a two-lap run,” he said, smiling.


Bourdais, 39, proved he’s still a capable contender after driving the No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan to a season-opening victory in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He’s tied for third in the Verizon IndyCar Series points.

His 37 victories rank sixth on the all-time list. The only active driver with more wins is Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing at 41.

“It definitely sets you back, when you have those kinds of incidents,” Bourdais said. “But the good thing is there’s more practice here than any other place. There’s plenty of time to get back in the groove and get comfortable again. I’m not concerned. I don’t feel like I’m doubting.”

Teams are getting acclimated to a redesigned car with a new universal aero kit, a process Bourdais referred to as an ongoing “investigation.” Monday was a positive start.

“With the quality of the drivers, there’s a solid 20 and maybe even more drivers that are probably capable on any given day, provided the right car,” he said of winning the Indy 500. “Last year, we just had the rocket ship. It was a rocket ship from the moment it hit the ground on Monday and all the way through the week, then when we topped Fast Friday and for the first two laps (of qualifying) until I screwed up.

“Last year, (lead race engineer) Craig (Hampson) and the guys gave me an awesome car … and it was working awesome, until it wasn’t.”

Bourdais and crew will continue to work out the kinks.

“At the end of the day, what are you going to say?” he said. “Ultimately, I made a mistake. Unfortunately, it cost us probably the shot at winning the ‘500’ and being on the pole. Can’t change that. All we can do is try again and hope that the car will be as quick as it was last year and give us the chance to execute.”

The desire to win this race is as strong as ever, if not more.

“It’s the Mecca of racing,” he said. “In open wheel, there aren’t many races that come anywhere near it. In our sport, it’s the Indianapolis 500. I’d love to win it for multiple reasons. It’s a tremendous achievement and it means a hell of a lot to everybody in that paddock. It probably means even more now that I’ve gone through what I’ve gone through here.”

He looked out at the front straight of the 2.5-mile oval and offered one more perspective.

“There’s a mystery you build with every track,” he said, pausing to laugh. “And this one didn’t quite end on the right foot last year, so it would be cool to set the record straight.”

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Sebastien Bourdais Scores Another Top-Five Finish Placing Fourth in INDYCAR Grand Prix

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais piloted the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine to a fourth place finish today in the INDYCAR Grand Prix. Bourdais, who had his best qualifying effort on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, started third. On the opening lap he passed Robert Wickens to move into second when the first of only two yellow flags came out. On the restart, Wickens was able to repass dropping Bourdais back to third.  He essentially held station through the remainder of the stint and the first and all of the second stint. When the second yellow came out the entire field pitted and Scott Dixon managed to get out just ahead of Bourdais dropping him to fourth. Since the final stop took place several laps early most of the field was in fuel saving mode, but Alexander Rossi was aggressive and passed Bourdais dropping him to fifth. As the final stint came to a conclusion, Rossi’s aggressiveness became his downfall as he could not use his push-to-pass, so on the last lap Bourdais spectacularly got by to reclaim fourth using his push-to-pass. The St. Petersburg, FL resident has now placed in the top-five three times in the INDYCAR Grand Prix, all fourth place finishes (also fourth in 2014 and 2015). Bourdais, the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 – 2007), earned 36 points and remains third in the championship standings with 152 points and closed the gap to both points leader Josef Newgarden and Rossi. Bourdais has now finished in the top-five in three of the five races held this season. In addition to today’s fourth place finish, he has a win at St. Petersburg, a fifth place performance at Barber and a pair of 13th showings at Phoenix and Long Beach.

Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:
“Really good points there for the SealMaster Honda No. 18. I just didn’t feel like I did the best job to maximize the result. At the end, we got another fourth place and honestly I didn’t know what we were gonna get. We were loose for most of the race, which made for a very tough run. I thought the track was going to finally come to us and it didn’t. The balance was only good when we put the brand new red (alternate) Firestone tires on. The guys (other drivers) were really aggressive at the start of that last run and I didn’t know whether I should say screw the fuel number and go with them.  I was already not making the number and under a lot of pressure from behind, so I thought maybe we just don’t have the pace and had to give up some positions. After that I was kind of a lonely wolf out there doing my thing and trying to make the fuel number a bit better. Next thing you know the leaders are backing up big time to us. Wickens didn’t want to give up on Rossi and Rossi was being aggressive, so by the end of that stint we had saved enough fuel to use the push-to-pass and he couldn’t and we recovered fourth. Overall, not super happy with myself. I feel like I missed on the balance a little bit. I feel like I didn’t get it quite done. Ultimately all that matters is we got the points from the fourth place and we’re looking pretty strong in the championship. Hopefully it keeps on happening.”

Fast Facts:

Bourdais led one lap today making him the only driver to have led laps in the first five races of the 2018 season. His total of 104 laps led is third behind Robert Wickens, 133 and Josef Newgarden, 107.
Bourdais is contesting his 13th Verizon IndyCar Series season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
The 2018 INDYCAR Grand Prix was Bourdais’ 176th Verizon IndyCar Series start and fifth on the Indianapolis road course in an Indy car (competed on the Indy road course in Grand AM Rolex Sports Cars and won in 2012).
In 176 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).


Next Race:
Round 6 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the Indianapolis 500 on May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, IN. The race will be broadcast live on ABC at 11:00 a.m. ET.  It is also available on radio: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio as well as online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 15 app.
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MessageSujet: Re: Bourdais 2017   Dim 20 Mai 2018 - 8:49


https://racer.com/2018/05/19/racer-video-indy-500-qualifying-bump-day-report/

A noter que parmi les sept premiers, Bourdais meilleur temps des moteurs Honda est bien isolé au milieu des moteurs Chevrolet des quatre Penske et des deux Carpenter, sans oublier la 3e Carpenter de Danica Patrick et le super coriace Dixon.

Avec seulement 3 moteurs Honda dans les 12 premiers.


“It was a solid run for the SealMaster Honda No. 18. Very conservative, obviously. I kind of owed it to myself, my wife, everybody on the team. A lot of things went through my head, particularly yesterday. We were back in qualifying trim and it was not an easy day, but the guys did a great job and the car was pretty strong. We almost did a repeat of yesterday during the qualifying run today. It was a tough set of circumstances. The conditions were a little tricky. Just before we were supposed to go out, it rains. Then it got hot. You go from 80 degrees of track temp to 105, six to eight degrees more of ambient. It was tough to hit the setup right with the conditions that changed so fast, but we had the right amount of downforce. The car was pretty solid, so very happy with the run.”

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MessageSujet: Re: Bourdais 2017   Lun 21 Mai 2018 - 1:52

Having to qualify for the #Indy500 on the one-year anniversary of his massive Indy crash, @BourdaisOnTrack shared with @ChrisMedlandF1 what was going through his mind when he was about to go out and fight for pole.  


I came to Indy for the first time last year to see how some guy called Fernando Alonso would get on trying to tame the 500, and I knew that IMS could bite. But in Saturday qualifying, Sebastien Bourdais showed just how hard.

When the No.18 Dale Coyne Racing car hit the wall exiting Turn 2, there was no doubting the risks that the drivers are taking and the damage that can be done when it goes wrong.

Fortunately (in a sense), Bourdais was able to return to racing by the end of the year and was back at Indianapolis this month. But watching him put it all together yesterday to reach the Fast Nine was mighty impressive given what had gone before.

Today actually marks an exact year — May 20 — since the crash, so after the Frenchman delivered the best Honda performance of qualifying with fifth place for the 102nd running of the Indy 500, I had to ask him: Just what was going through his mind when he was about to go out and fight for pole?

Bourdais breathes out, deeply.

“Oh man it was so much harder this year, so much harder!” he says with a wry smile.

“The car has felt on top of the track all week and with the thinner air and a bit of wind and track temps up there it really got on top of the track. I really wish we had put some downforce on it.

“That lap three there I got into Turn 1 and man oh man… I don’t know if I got a gust or something but that thing got awful light and I didn’t feel like turning the way I should have and I didn’t pick up the apex and I had to roll off of it. Not the greatest feeling after what happened last year…

“I go from one end to the other like loose and then understeer a little bit, it was pretty hard. So I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad I’m not going to visit Dr. Scheid [IndyCar orthopedic consultant Dr. Kevin Scheid] and we can move onto the next one.”

To be able to pull out such a performance, you’d imagine Bourdais can just shut out the memories of 12 months ago once he puts the helmet on. Racing drivers are a rare breed after all…

“No! In qualifying last year I probably would have stayed in it and pinned it down and not really thought much about it. But I owe it to myself, my wife and the crew to not put myself in that same position again, especially since this year we’re not even going to be fighting for pole. We knew that. It was missing a mile an hour and there was nothing we could do about it.

“The guys at HPD did a great job; they were the class of the field for the last three years and this year [Chevrolet] fought back hard and they came strong. That’s the game, everybody’s chasing each other and someone’s going to have the upper hand. But I’m glad we’re carrying the Honda flag.

“I had a little mishap there, I’d say lost a mile an hour on lap three which equals a quarter of a second on the average lap, but if you look at it it doesn’t even change anything on the classification, so nothing to really overthink. It’s a non-event pretty much except that I was wise and sensible and didn’t hang it out when it would not have mattered!”

You can sense the two sides of Bourdais in conflict with each other this weekend. He wants to go as quick as the car possibly can when he’s in it, but when he analyzes the grand scheme of things his crash is telling him to leave just that bit more of a margin.

While he wrestles with himself, it’s a draining situation emotionally and means even such an impressive qualifying run doesn’t result in delight or pride once it’s over.

“The overriding feeling is relief, for sure. It’s a very high-stress weekend, qualifying always is. But especially after what happened last year. I could sure use a drink right now. And at the end of the day the worst of it all is that all of this is completely meaningless. You had people going and winning the race from dead last. It’s just for show.

“That’s what at some point, especially when you go through what I went through last year you kind of put things in perspective. Yeah, you owe it to your boys to put it up there but is it worth the risk to take the ultimate chance? Probably not. So definitely this year was a bit of a transition. But we’ll go back, go through the race, score some big points and keep plugging away.”

Despite his outlook, Bourdais is still starting in the middle of the second row and in a strong position to run at the front from the start of next week’s race. So does his mindset now at least change to dreaming of victory? The sensible part of him insists not, but then the racer that makes him so quick has the final say…

“I mean honestly I don’t think very much like that. I just try to give myself the best chance at performing the best I can. We struggled all week in race trim, in traffic, and it’s been tough. To me it almost feels like the reason that thing is so quick in qualifying is because it just doesn’t seem to make anywhere near as much downforce as everybody else!

“So we’ll see. But I’ve struggled very much in traffic and we really haven’t found anything that made a big difference, so unless we can fix that I don’t see us being in the mix.

“But we’ll give it our best shot and that crew time and time again has proved never to count them out because we’re in it to win it.”


https://racer.com/2018/05/20/medland-one-year-on-from-his-crash-bourdais-moves-forward/
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MessageSujet: Re: Bourdais 2017   Lun 21 Mai 2018 - 10:47

Bourdais : "Il fallait que je réponde présent"

« Il fallait que je réponde présent, pour moi, pour ma femme, pour l’équipe. Beaucoup de choses se sont bousculées dans ma tête, en particulier vendredi, cela n’a pas été facile, mais l’équipe a fait du bon boulot », a expliqué Sébastien, 7e à Indy en 2014.
Sébastien Bourdais s'est glissé au cinquième rang, au terme d'une qualification difficile émotionnellement un an après avoir subi son énorme accident dans le même exercice. «Ç'a été un des week-ends les plus durs qu'on ait connus», a-t-il avoué visiblement ému à propos de lui et de son épouse, Claire, avant d'expliquer : « J'ai eu un moment un peu chaud et j'ai préféré lever le pied. Ça s'est vu dans les temps mais ce n'est pas grave. » Le pilote du Dale Coyne Racing réalise tout de même un authentique exploit puisqu'il est le seul moteur Honda présent dans le top 8


SÉBASTIEN BOURDAIS : LE MIRACULÉ D'INDIANAPOLIS
https://sport.francetvinfo.fr/stade-2/sebastien-bourdais-le-miracule-dindianapolis


Bourdais hopes last year’s crash turns into Indy 500 Cinderella story on Sunday
https://motorsports.nbcsports.com/2018/05/24/bourdais-hopes-last-years-crash-turns-into-indy-500-cinderella-story-on-sunday/
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