24 Hours of Le Mans: Bourdais goes for the win

24 Hours of Le Mans: Bourdais goes for the win

Engaged this year with Cadillac for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Sébastien Bourdais does not hide his desire for additional experience from the American manufacturer to achieve a first victory at home.

Sébastien Bourdais has not yet been a prophet in his country. Born in Le Mans, the French driver has never done better than second place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In addition, we have to go back to 2011 to find traces of his last podium, then at the wheel of a Peugeot 908. After experiences in GT, notably with Ford between 2016 and 2019, the former ChampCar champion in the United States joins the ranks of Cadillac, the manufacturer with which he took fourth place in the Le Mans classic last year. At the wheel of a prototype used in racing for a little over a year now, Sébastien Bourdais concedes that he is entering “a little less into the unknown” with the American brand.

« The program has more experience, it’s pretty well oiled, the car runs wellhe added in an interview with the daily newspaper The team on the sidelines of the technical checks prior to the test day organized this Sunday. We have good ideas in terms of car setup, and we had a consistent base that worked well last year. » While the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) have reviewed the balance of performance which governs the Hypercar category in order to level the level, Sébastien Bourdais ensures that, at within the Cadillac team, “ we arrive fairly calm, hoping for a level of performance that will allow us to fight in front
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Bourdais: “Giving us the means to play in front”

As for his personal objective, the native of Le Mans admits to having only one thing in mind. “ I have a few podiums here so now I would like to winsaid the former Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver. But the competition is tough, we are not fooled. This is a very difficult goal to achieve. » Nevertheless, after the brand’s good overall result last year, with third and fourth places behind Ferrari and Toyota, the ambition is there. “ We can’t not aim for victory, he says. We also have experience, the level of the car is good. We will do what is necessary to give ourselves the means to play in front. »

But, compared to last year, the Hypercar category will be made up of 23 crews and will limit the room for error, particularly during qualifying, scheduled for Wednesday then Thursday for the Hyperpole, in preparation for the start. “ Either you have to start really in front, or rather behind, but it is better to avoid the middle of the grid, confided Sébastien Bourdais with a smile on his lips. This especially encourages you to have your eyes in front, behind and to the sides at the start, and to be very vigilant. If you take a hit, it can impact your entire race from the first lap. » In any case, Cadillac intends to play its card next weekend to get its first victory in Sarthe.

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