Sébastien Bourdais has acknowledged that, with the 2008 Formula 1 season now over, he has done all he can and is simply keeping his 'fingers' crossed' that he will be retained by Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2009.
By his own admission, the Frenchman has endured a 'bad season' this year – his first in the top flight after claiming a record-breaking four consecutive Champ Car crowns – but following a torrid first half, he showed remarkable progress over the last seven races, qualifying six times inside the top ten and matching and even beating highly-rated young team-mate Sebastian Vettel on a number of occasions.
The 29-year-old would have had considerably more points than the total tally of four to show for his efforts but for sheer bad luck that deprived him at Spa-Francorchamps – when he had looked to be heading for a remarkable podium finish until a chaotic last lap when the heavens opened – Monza where his car stalled on the grid from a season-best fourth position and Fuji, where he was controversially demoted from sixth place following his coming-together with Felipe Massa, which was unanimously deemed within the paddock to have been the Brazilian's fault.
Despite that greatly improved form – and sweeping regulation changes next season that many believe will play to Bourdais' strengths – STR has insisted it is in no hurry to finalise its driver line-up. The man from Le Mans has urged for a quick decision given that he is reported to have received a number of offers to return to racing in America – but he is still waiting.
“You could conclude that it was a bad season,” he admitted in an interview with French sports newspaper L'Équipe
. “Indeed, if I were to start again, instead of seeking a radical solution to my problems, I would concentrate on smaller things.
“I hope to know more very soon and have my fingers crossed for good news. I really want to continue. I therefore ignored the concept that [Brazil] was perhaps the last grand prix of my career.”
Bruno Senna is due to test for the Faenza-based outfit later this month, whilst fellow GP2 Series race-winner Sébastien Buemi and Super Aguri F1 refugee Takuma Sato have similarly been linked to roles at the Red Bull 'junior' concern in 2009.