When we debated Sebastien Bourdais here a few weeks ago there were some reservations about the quality of his performances since he scored on his Grand Prix debut in Australia.
The Toro Rosso driver has hinted why he might be having difficulty settling into F1 after five years in Champ Car. He remarked he was hoping he’d get to drive in 2009 – with slick tyres.
I can’t really say I feel that I’ve shown what I wanted to show this year so far. What happen will happen. I’m kind of a free man. If I get fired because of this or because of that then so be it. What’s really important for me is that I give my best. And I am giving my best, even if it’s not paying off right now.
But you can only influence so many parameters, so I will have no regrets, that’s for sure. I’m doing the very best I can, and if it’s not enough in some people’s opinion then fine. Right now I’m focused on 2008. I can only hope I’ll be able to show what I can do with a car that has slick tyres.
Slicks are expected to return to F1 in 2009 having been banned at the end of 1997 (although the FIA has backed down from plans to enforce a ban on tyre warmers as well).
Some drivers seem to strongly prefer slicks to grooved tyres. Damon Hill drove on both during his F1 career. He said he disliked grooved tyres and left the sport two years after they were introduced.
Slicks have had a favourable reaction from many of the drivers who’ve tried them in testing in recent months, such as Jarno Trulli.
But with Toro Rosso up for sale, and Bourdais’ team mate Sebastian Vettel linked to Red Bull for 2009, Bourdais may not get a chance to race on slicks in Formula 1.
Read more about Sebastien Bourdais: Sebastien Bourdais biography