Articles tagged Sébastien Bourdais

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Le Mans 24 Hours

The 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours was one of the most exciting races at La Sarthe for many years. The winning Audi R18 of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer crossed the line a mere 13.854 seconds ahead of the second-placed car – the Peugeot 908 of Simon Pagenaud, Sébastien Bourdais and Pedro Lamy.  This was the closest finish since the Ford-Porsche duel of 1969, but how closely matched...

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Renault bags Alonso

The question of Fernando Alonso’s future was finally resolved when Renault confirmed that the Spaniard will be staying with the team for the next two years. After opportunities with Ferrari and BMW disappeared Alonso’s only real alternative was an open invitation to move to Honda, where Ross Brawn was keen to get him on board. Alonso had long insisted that he knew what he was going to be doing in...

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Bourdais' bullish move

Three-times Champ Car champion Sébastien Bourdais will move to F1 with Scuderia Toro Rosso next season, becoming the first Frenchman with a full-time seat since Olivier Panis in 2004. The Newman-Haas driver is following a well-trodden path, but he has to overcome the burden of history. Michael Andretti (McLaren, 1993), Alex Zanardi (Williams, 1999) and Cristiano da Matta (Toyota, 2002) all used...

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In brief

Bernie Ecclestone has expressed concern over the number of driver penalties metered out at Grands Prix. “We must be careful we don’t punish every little thing, otherwise the drivers will lose the confidence to fight,” said Ecclestone after the Japanese GP, where Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Sébastien Bourdais all fell foul of the stewards. Following the exclusion of Canada (see left) from the...

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Diesel Audi takes debut win

German marque warms up for Le Mans 24 Hours by slaying expected Porsche opposition.Chevrolet takes revenge on Aston Martin by winning fight for GT1 Audi's groundbreaking diesel-fuelled R10 sports-racer has made history by winning the Sebring 12 Hours on its race debut. Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello took the flag with a four-lap advantage to provide the perfect start to Audi's...

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Downward spiral

A defection of star drivers and dwindling audiences have dealt a huge blow to both premier US open-wheel series By Gordon Kirby Often these days I cast my mind back to an Autosport Awards dinner almost 11 years ago. I shared a table with the then NASCAR chairman Bill France Jr, Dale Earnhardt and Nigel Roebuck. France and I discussed the CART/Indy Racing League split, and France asked me to keep...

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Spa 6 Hours

Without Toyota, the first true endurance world championship sports car race to be held in Europe for 20 years did lose a bit of its shine. We’d hoped to see a new era of technical innovation launched with a debut face-off between Audi’s e-tron quattro and Toyota’s TS030 Hybrid. But when Toyota was forced to withdraw from Spa because of a testing crash at Paul Ricard, we had to be content with...

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Indy 500

Many people counted Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi’s team out of contention at Indianapolis this year. Honda’s teams were outpaced by Chevrolet’s squads in the opening four IndyCar races and the Chevrolet teams comprehensively blew away their Honda-powered rivals in qualifying at Indy. Prior to Carburation Day, it looked like Chevy’s lead teams Penske and Andretti were going to...

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Villeneuve at Le Mans

Having already won the Formula 1 world title and the Indy 500, the mercurial Jacques Villeneuve turned to the 24 Heures du Mans for another stab at glory By Rob Widdows. Photography: James Burns Jacques is back. On track and on form, complete with baggy overalls and Peugeot shirts that are far too big for him. The man has been back to his cave, to his private paradise, since being rather abruptly...

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It pays to be a league player

The Superleague Formula, a self-styled ‘destination championship’, has a generous prize fund for F1 aspirants The Superleague Formula is on our Money Tree, but series bosses don’t want it to be viewed as a route to Formula 1. They think of it as a ‘destination championship’, stating “we want to be what World Superbikes are to MotoGP”. But are young drivers really content to aspire to Superleague...

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