However, as announced by Bourdais' manager Nicolas Todt, the two parties have reached an amicable agreement off the court in recent days. Although not disclosing the terms of the STR-Bourdais deal, Todt confirmed there won't be any lawsuit at sight.
“One week after the German Grand Prix, we reached an out-of-court settlement with the team. They knew it (Bourdais' ousting) would not stand up in court,” revealed Todt for French newspaper L'Equipe.
Shortly after the German GP this year, Bourdais was informed by his team that he will no longer race the STR4 for the remaining rounds of 2009. A few days later, 19-year old Jaime Alguersuari was officially named the replacement of Bourdais at Faenza, a move that was heavily linked with sponsorship reasoning.
Although threatening his team with legal actions, Bourdais then made it very clear that his business in Formula One was not over. With 3 new teams coming into the sport next year and a few more spots up for grabs in the 2010 F1 roster, the Frenchman was confident he would secure a new racing deal for next season.
However, recent reports link the 4-time Champ Car winner with a move to the North-American counterpart of Formula One, the IndyCar Series, where he might re-join former team Newman Haas Lanigan Racing. No official confirmation or comments have been made on this matter however.