Sebastien Bourdais is currently preparing to run in his sixth Le Mans 24 Hours race. In addition to this he currently leads the Champ Car World Series chasing his fourth consecutive title. During a Peugeot press conference on Friday he explained...
Sebastien Bourdais is currently preparing to run in his sixth Le Mans 24 Hours race. In addition to this he currently leads the Champ Car World Series chasing his fourth consecutive title. During a Peugeot press conference on Friday he explained his preparation for this year's Le Mans race and the effects his hectic schedule has been having.
"This year is very crazy as I have been zipping back and forth between the America and Europe for preliminaries, tests and races. It is highly motivating and you have to be versatile - that's the way I envisage motor racing. I've tried to rest for Le Mans and optimise my sleeping time while travelling, but when you are behind the wheel the time disappears.
"You try to sleep at night and I'll try harder this year than in any other year because I need to be in a ChampCar on Tuesday, so I'd better be not too beat! It's sometimes a little difficult when you get out the car you are still pumped up and excited and it's tough to calm down and get some real rest time because it all depends on how many stints we will do per driver.
"If we are lucky enough to do three sprints, even at night, then you get a decent time to sleep - if you can do that twice it is okay. If you do only two stints because of conditions or tyres or whatever then you really don't sleep all that much. It feels like if you get out of the car you get a little massage and you sleep for half an hour and off you go again! You need to be ready in case something happens so it can be quite challenging on that front.
"I'd definitely prefer three stints. I think we can three stint the tyres. It's not a problem of doing it or not doing it. Just to make sure that we are cosy on the lap time. At night here it is easier on the tyres.
"When you are driving you stay awake no matter what. Even if you are exhausted once you get in the car the adrenaline gets the best of it. I've done up to twelve hours in endurance races when teammates have had a tough time or things like that. You find the resources deep inside to make it stick. It's not easy. You want it so bad to be over but you just find a way to want to do it again when a week has gone by so I guess it is not that bad.
Bourdais, along with teammates Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy, will start on pole position in the #8 Team Peugeot Total 908 for this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans race.