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Sebastien Bourdais, Dragon Racing - Q&A

The four-time Champ Car World Series champion and former F1 driver Sebastien Bourdais was back in form at Toronto with two strong podium finishes during the double-header weekend.
Sebastien Bourdais looked totally wrung out after the second of the two Honda Indy Toronto double-header events this weekend, but as he told the post-race media conference it had all been worth it after picking up two IZOD IndyCar Series podium finishes in 24 hours for Dragon Racing.

We are pleased to be joined by our third-place finisher from today's race, Sebastien Bourdais.

Talk about today's race and that great move on the last restart.

Sebastien Bourdais:
Yeah, it's been quite an interesting end of the race. It was a lot of basically just go with the flow and don't make any mistakes. Everybody was going pretty hard.

But the first stint, I could have gone faster, but Ryan started to lose his tyres. I didn't have any 'push-to-pass' the whole race. It was pretty much a matter of keep it there and try and do good in all laps, hopefully you can jump them. But we didn't do that. I was maybe a bit too conservative on my out lap, and Ryan just got us.

After that, basically it was the matter of who had a gap behind us, a little gap in front of us. I knew I was never going to pass them fair and square. I was trying to keep my tyres underneath me and making sure they were in good shape if for any reason there was going to be a yellow. It just all happened at the end.

I knew it was the only way I could make something happen. But in the meantime, I knew I was pretty much screwed 'cause they all had 'push-to-pass' and I didn't.

In the back straight, all bunched up, there wasn't much I could do to defend. Both times I just managed to position the car where it was right, and things went our way and behind us was pretty much chaos. Nobody was anywhere near us. That was really cool.

Ryan managed to pass me. I got him straight back because I knew if I wasn't getting him back straightaway, there was no way out of this. After that, I was going to be under attack from Dario. I really tried super-hard to get him back. He was struggling with his tyre pressure; he couldn't get the tyres again. It was super, super sensitive on the braking. I just went for it, and I worked.

After that, we just set off to chase Will. The last restart just went around the outside. I have no idea what happened behind me. Was grateful Helio didn't squeeze me against the wall. Went from there. Race was over. Here we are, 'push-to-pass', seventh to start, third at the end. Couldn't be any happier with that.

Do you think the team has made enough improvements that you can have a car capable of competing and running up front every week?

Sebastien Bourdais:

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Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the #7 McAfee Dragon Racing Chevrolet, raced to a second-place finish Saturday, July 13, 2013 during the IZOD IndyCar Series Race One in the Streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.. (Photo by Phillip Abbott for Chevy Racing)
Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the #7 McAfee Dragon Racing Chevrolet, races to a third-place finish Sunday, July 14, 2013 during the IZOD IndyCar Series Race Two in the Streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt for Chevy Racing)
Sebastian Bourdais celebrates a second podium in Toronto - Sunday, July 14 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastian Bourdais sits exhausted after winning a second podium in Toronto - Sunday, July 14 2013. (Photo Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
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