Despite horror crash: Bourdais never thought of resignation
From the sickbed back to Victory Lane: For Sebastien Bourdais, the victory was in St. Stephen’s Day. Petersburg emotional – A career end never came up for discussion
Probably the third place would be an emotional result for Sebastien Bourdais at the IndyCar season opener in St. Gallen. Petersburg, but the somewhat happy victory was of course the culmination of an impressive comeback. Just three quarters of a year ago, Bourdais had barely jumped from a shovel when he hit the wall at 365 km/h and over 100g on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“It was a long way from turn two to here,”was the initial reaction from team owner Dale Coyne after the finish line. Immediately after the victory, Bourdais also spoke of “great emotions”. He had already made an impression with his lightning-like comeback during the 2017 IndyCar season. Now he crowned his return with his second consecutive St. Peter’s victory.
He never thought of resignation, the 39-year-old said after his victory:”After being told the injuries and knowing that I would not have any long-term restrictions, I never wondered whether I should stop. From then on, it was all about finding my way back into my life. And I don’t know of any life other than the one I’m living now. That’s what I want to do, and as long as I’m competitive, I’ll keep doing it.”
From the Ikea visit to your own road
Of course, he knows that he is closer to the end of his career than he was at the beginning:”It’s starting to make me feel old. Especially those guys who are just in their 20s and start from pole position. Like when I came into the scene. That’s life.”
After his second consecutive victory in St. Peter’s. Petersburg mayor Sebastien Bourdais will dedicate his own street. A great honour for the Frenchman who lives in the Californian city. He remembers his move back in 2012:”We had brought nothing but our luggage. I went here to see Ikea first. Now slowly the trophies are gathering again.”
If he ever returns, Dale Coyne will open up a possible future for him. When asked by a journalist whether he would make Bourdais a partner in his team, the 63-year-old answers:”I haven’t even thought about it yet, to be honest. But it’s a good idea, because he is a good team player and a real racer. Even when the time is right for him to hang up his helmet, he will still be a racer. That’s why I still see him in this sport after his active life.”
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