IndyCar Driver Preview: Sebastien Bourdais


#7 Sebastien Bourdais

  • Team: Dragon Racing
  • Engine: Chevrolet
  • Sponsors: TrueCar/McAfee
  • 2012: 25th Place, 1 Top Five

2012 WRAP: Bourdais played the “giant killer” role as much as possible in his 11 2012 starts. It began with an incredible drive from 17th to ninth in a Lotus-engined car at Barber (their only top-10 result), and also featured a fourth place at Mid-Ohio. Results went begging at Detroit, Toronto and Baltimore due to circumstances outside his control once he had access to a Chevrolet engine.

2013 OUTLOOK: Few serious IndyCar observers would argue Bourdais against being one of the top drivers in the series, and like Justin Wilson he has to make the most of the circumstances in a smaller team. He showed flashes of what he can do in 2012 and with a full season and Chevrolet engines, expect podiums and perhaps a return to victory lane for the four-time Champ Car series champion.

McLaren F1 drivers and senior management agree to pay cuts

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McLaren Formula One drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris are taking pay cuts, while the team is furloughing other employees as part of protective cost-cutting during the coronavirus pandemic.

With F1 racing suspended, McLaren said both drivers and senior management, including chief executive Zak Brown, all agreed to voluntary pay decreases. No figure was given, but McLaren said the percentage of the cut is the same for all employees who are not furloughed.

McLaren said in an email that “these measures are focused on protecting jobs in the short term to ensure our employees return to full-time work as the economy recovers.”

Sainz Jr. tweeted his support, saying “I fully understand these tough decisions and I have obviously decided to take a pay cut. We are all in this together.”

The first eight races of the 22-race campaign have been called off because of the virus. The season-opening Australian GP and the showpiece Monaco GP have been canceled, while the others might be rescheduled.

There is no date set for when the season might start, with the Canadian GP the next scheduled race on the disrupted calendar on June 14.

The season is scheduled to finish with the Abu Dhabi GP on Nov. 29, but F1 organizers previously said they anticipated that “the season end date will extend beyond our original end date.”

To further save costs and potentially gain time, engine manufacturers and teams are observing a three-week factory shutdown period. It normally would have been two weeks and would have taken place during the midseason summer break.