It's that time of year where a conversation with a driver or team owner can rapidly switch from gear selections, fuel feed problems and the consistency of tyre compounds to gossip about who goes where next season. Of course, the teams and drivers are rarely keen to discuss their own choices with journalists, but they're eager to chat about their rivals' prospects. It's entertaining, and as long as you remember to fit your bullshit filter, informative too.
This year, thanks to the do-over that Champ Car will receive in 2007 with the new Panoz DP01, the permutations - and, it seems, the negotiations - are apparently endless. I don't want to get ahead of ourselves here, but as of now, it looks like there will be an abundance of driving talent in the Champ Car World Series next year. So let's look at the prospects.
Sebastien Bourdais of course has his pick of the teams, just as his current employers Newman/Haas have their pick of drivers. Each has proven to be the best over these last three seasons, and so for the two to go their separate ways is pretty much unthinkable should the Frenchman stay within the series.