A clashing IRL race in Kansas kept a lot of the big names away from the United States Grand Prix, but a free weekend enabled some of the Champ Car drivers to take a look around the Formula One paddock. Among them was double champion Sebastien Bourdais, who did the rounds of the team bosses and made sure they knew he was still looking for a way to finally make it into F1.
Back in 2002, the Frenchman won the FIA F3000 title and then famously failed to land a role with Renault, despite a test at the end of the season. Later he complained that he'd been a victim of politics and had suffered from not being willing or able to agree a personal management deal with Flavio Briatore's company. Frank Montagny, in contrast, did sign up, and got the job.
Bourdais turned his attention to Champ Car, and is well on course for a hat trick of titles. He couldn't really do any more to convince the world of his talent, but of course the clock is ticking, there are new names coming along all the time, and success in the US is not widely regarded as a true benchmark of ability in the F1 paddock.