Bourdais wants Williams chance

Newly-crowned Champ Car World Series champion Sebastien Bourdais has called on Williams to consider him as a candidate for its vacant second seat in 2005

Bourdais wants Williams chance

The French Newman/Haas driver, who dominated the Champ Car finale in Mexico City last weekend, harbours F1 ambitions and believes that he is worthy of consideration alongside Anthony Davidson and Nick Heidfeld - who have been offered tests with the team at Jerez in December.

"I am aware that it is very difficult to reach F1," he told Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport. "There are very few places available and they are very expensive. I would like to ask Frank Williams if he saw my last race because it is a good example of what I am capable of.

"I know that Williams has a long list of candidates for their second seat but I remember that he gave this opportunity to Champ Car drivers in the past."

The 2002 Formula 3000 champion, Bourdais made the switch to Champ Cars with Newman/Haas when no F1 opportunities were available. But the Frenchman has made no secret of his desire to race in F1 and, with Olivier Panis now retired, could be his country's most obvious candidate for success at the highest level.

Williams has a history of giving US-based stars a chance to show their skills. Champ Car title-holders Jacques Villeneuve, Alex Zanardi and Juan Pablo Montoya have all raced for the team. IRL champ Scott Dixon tested for Williams several times earlier this year while NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon drove around Indianapolis in an FW25 last year.

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