Bourdais Rallies Back From Wicked Incident For Top 10 Finish, Why He And Pigot View Crash Differentl
BELLE ISLE, Mich – Sebastien Bourdais somehow brought his No. 18 Honda home inside of the top 10 in Sunday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. See, on Lap 13, Bourdais rammed into the back of Spencer Pigot as the Ed Carpenter Racing driver was veering off the 2.35-mile race track and onto pit lane.
Bourdais’ car went briefly airborne as the entire front wing assembly flew off. He’d limp around the track still and make it back to pit lane the next lap and miracously remained on the lead lap the entire time.
57 laps later, Bourdais finished ninth. It was a crazy drive for the Frenchman as he netted just his third top 10 result of 2019. Despite the perserverence of his team to get his car back out and to remain competitive, he’s furious with Pigot’s move.
“It’s just a real shame – the incident with Spencer (Pigot) – because ultimately, the SealMaster Honda No. 18 was in the mix,” said a furiuos Bourdais.” I think we had the right strategy. We were going to be in contention. The reds (Firestone alternate tires), as expected, fell off and the guys who tried to make it, didn’t. We caught up with them and I don’t know what Spencer was thinking. I had a run on the inside and he tried to make it to the pits from the center lane when I was to his right rear. Then he jumped on the brakes.
“I’m not sure what I was supposed to do. The Dale Coyne Vasser Sullivan guys did a great job fixing the car and we reset and went again. The car was a little hurt, but we were still pretty quick. It was definitely a tough run coming from the back, but there were a lot of incidents which bought us some positions. So, we’ll take our top-10 finish and move on to Texas.”
Pigot’s view is much different though. See, he says he told everyone he was coming to pit lane and that his tires fell off so drastically, he had to be easy on his car coming into the pits.
“We went off strategy, but the car was going to be pretty good,” said Pigot after his 21st place result on Sunday. “Obviously, (Scott) Dixon and I were both struggling a lot on those tires, getting passed left and right. It was very easy for all other drivers to see and it wasn’t going to take much to get by us. Coming out of (Turn) 13, as soon as I could, I got over to the right to signal I was coming into the pit lane. There’s obviously public radio as well that (said) we’re pitting; everyone can hear that. I just felt a massive hit from behind. It caused a lot of damage, and obviously, with the tires in that state, you have to brake a little early coming to pit lane. I don’t know if that’s what caught (Sebastien Bourdais) off or what, but it’s definitely unfortunate.”
To me, it sounds like a miscommunication on Bourdais and his crew’s end because he wasn’t aware of Pigot’s fall off or that he was pitting.