Two of the nicer guys in the NTT IndyCar Series paddock threw punches at one another following Saturday morning’s practice session on the streets of Toronto. Takuma Sato was pissed off at Sebastien Bourdais when the Dale Coyne Racing driver passed him on track on the final lap of practice.
Each car was given one more lap of practice after Sato’s teammate Graham Rahal got into the tire barriers late in the session. On that lap, Bourdais moved around Sato on track.
Sato, stormed down to Bourdais’ pit after the session ended and grabbed the Frenchman by his collar. Bourdais, pushed Sato several times before the two started throwing punches.
The incident though, goes back. See, Bourdais was mad at Sato from a run in that they had back in June at Texas.
“I passed him on the out-lap, and it pissed him off,” Bourdais told NBC Sports. “I’m not sure it deserved that kind of reaction, but it doesn’t matter. If there was anything, I’m the one who should be pretty pissed. He pretty much ruined our race in Texas from three laps down and blocked us the last three stints.
“I’ve never asked him for anything. We know he races hard but with that little incident, I’m not so sure what should happen to him.”
Sato said, “Passing me was absolutely pointless. It was just one lap. He went blasting by me and then turned into Josef Newgarden. What was the point?”
What’s ironic is, Sato qualified literally one row behind Bourdais and can get payback early. Bourdais, qualified his No. 18 Honda eighth while Sato will start 10th.
Bourdais, was having a strong weekend going too. He was eighth, third and eighth respectively in practice.