IndyCar Driver Review: Sebastien Bourdais

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Making it into the top-10 to round out the first 10 drivers we’re examining in MotorSportsTalk’s driver-by-driver review is Sebastien Bourdais of KVSH Racing.

2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Sebastien Bourdais

  • Team: KVSH Racing
  • 2013: 12th Place, Best Finish 2nd, Best Start 2nd, 3 Podiums, 4 Top-5, 6 Top-10, 87 Laps Led, 13.8 Avg. Start, 13.0 Avg. Finish
  • 2014: 10th Place, 1 Win, 2 Poles, 2 Podiums, 5 Top-5, 7 Top-10, 98 Laps Led, 9.8 Avg. Start, 11.3 Avg. Finish

Sebastien Bourdais enjoyed a popular return to victory lane (Toronto race one) as part of an uptick in consistent, competitive form throughout 2014 as part of his switch to KVSH Racing. Yet in some respects there felt like there were too many missed opportunities, through a mix of poor luck and an oddly high number of unforced errors that peppered his season.

If there was an obscure penalty to be issued, Bourdais found it throughout the season. Bourdais was penalized for not packing up at St. Petersburg, taking service in a closed pit in Long Beach, making contact with Mikhail Aleshin at Barber, and passing under yellow at Fontana. There were four occasions where Bourdais’ name was listed in the in-race penalty section, one of the highest numbers in the series. Then there were a series of spins and accidents that you wouldn’t have expected someone of Bourdais’ experience and ability level to make.

Statistically speaking, there were gains. Bourdais’ average grid spot jumped from 13.8 to 9.8, he made three Firestone Fast Six appearances compared to one, he led 98 laps instead of 87, seven top-10s up from six, and a jump from 12th to 10th in the final points standings. He gelled with new engineer Olivier Boisson and was once again one of the second half’s best drivers. Still, it felt there was more unfulfilled potential than tangible results to hang his hat on when looking back on the whole.