The news that Bourdais was given an ultimatum by his team appeared in the French publication Auto Hebdo, whose reporters revealed that the former 4-time Champ Car winner has no other choice but to score points in Germany, or else leave the team. It also suggested that Jaime Alguersuari, Bruno Senna and Giorgio Pantano are waiting just around the corner to replace Bourdais for the remainder of the season.
However, while in constant pressure to deliver good results for his team – ever since he set foot in Formula One, last season – the Frenchman insisted he has gotten used to these rumors and the pressure doesn't get to him as much as it did last season. He also said he'll focus on doing a good job on Sunday, regardless of coming home point-less or not.
“This rumor has been around since the middle of last season. What can I say? I haven't received any notice from the team that this is my last race so as far as I am concerned it is still a rumor. I've got a job to do and that's what I've got to concentrate on. I can't control what people say or where it is coming from,” Bourdais was quoted as saying to British publication Autosport.
Bourdais has so far scored only 2 points in the 2009 season, resting in 16th place in the drivers' standings. With more than half of season left to play, the Frenchman insisted his sole focus is to score points and secure an F1 spot from 2010 onwards.
“I've got a contract to do all of the races and that's what I'm planning to do. The only thing I can say is that I am in the car and that's all that matters,” added Bourdais.