Bourdais More Relaxed ahead of STR Verdict

Things are looking better for France's Sebastien Bourdais inside the F1 paddock these days. The 4-time ChampCar winner has upped his game in the last few races and has become a regular contestant in the Q3 on Saturdays as well as challenger for points on Sundays. This new turn of events – mostly as a result of Toro Rosso's new aerodynamic package introduced after Singapore – might have already secured Bourdais a seat with the Ferrari-powered team for 2009.

Although his contract extension is yet to be confirmed, the Frenchman seems more relaxed when talking about his future in Formula One. Bourdais admitted that he will start the weekend thinking only to push harder for a good finish and leaving his worries about the future till after the race.

“I don't even really think about it too much. I am just basically going through it. Fortunately the global context is very complicated for everyone in every series, so nobody is really pushing for answers. I haven't really been pushed by anyone to take a decision, and that has saved me from going to Franz and saying, 'so what do we do now?”

“Obviously there is nothing I can do that will change their way of thinking, other than driving the best I can. They will take a decision when they feel it is time for them, and if I need one before then I will be straightforward and ask them what they want to do. That is the only way I can manage the situation basically,” admitted Bourdais before the Brazilian Grand Prix practice sessions on Friday.

The Frenchman was believed to make a quick exit from F1 at the end of the season, while replaced at Toro Rosso by Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi. Nevertheless, the Frenchman was given a boost of confidence by manager Nicolas Todt late last week, who insisted that his client is almost 100% to continue inside the Great Circle for at least one more year.

Bourdais finished the first practice session at Interlagos on Friday morning in 13th place, with the best time of 1:13.649. His teammate Sebastian Vettel finished the morning meeting in 17th place, almost two hundreds of a second further in the back.
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