Ex Toro Rosso Formula One driver SÃ©bastien Bourdais is set to join the Superleague Formula, driving for Spanish football club FC Sevilla.
Following a successful test at Magny-Cours last week with British team Ultimate, Bourdais will join the series for the last three rounds and will face other ex-F1 drivers Giorgio Pantano, Antonio Pizzonia and Enrique Bernoldi.
Talking of the move to Superleague Bourdais said that it was the best alternative to F1 and the only other championship in Europe to offer the chance to race single seaters at a high professional level.
He also spoke of the unique idea behind the series: “I am also a firm believer in the concept of merging motorsport and football. It's a partnership that offers enormous potential and should have a good future. Once the championship is established and more widely known, I am sure that Superleague Formula will be very strong.”
His first impressions of the car were very positive: “The test at Magny-Cours made me realise just how fun the car is to drive. An F1 car is faster because it's lighter. But the Elan V12 happens to be a very competitive car, benefiting from a lot of aerodynamic downforce and a very potent engine, drivable and powerful across the rev range, and offering a large scope of usage. It's a consistent single seater that's a pleasure to drive.”
He went on to say how he is looking to be competitive straight from the start, “Now, I only did a few laps in the car and the team is quite new to the championship. To win as soon as my first race will not be easy for sure. I also want to have fun, which hasn't often been the case for me during this last year.”