Originally posted by CWeil
I don't know if it's about who is going to be made to give up their seat or who will willingly give it up to persue better options.
I'm strongly doubting, though, that Bourdais is going to go to STR next year, having seen what happened recently and knowing what he'll be able to achieve (or, rather, not achieve). It would be a bad career move.
I don't see it as a bad career move. Champ Car is a total joke in the eyes of F1 bosses right now. He needs to get out of there at the first opportunity. At the moment he's in danger of being forever remembered as the guy that dominated Champ Car once all the money and talent left.
He absolutely has to take this risk because no-one in F1 outside of Berger takes him even remotely seriously. If he's that good he will shine. You can't build a car bad enough under the current regulations to completely mask a guy's potential.
He's done all he can ever do in the US. He could win the next 10 Champ Car titles and it still wouldn't make the front half of the F1 grid look at him any more. He might as well take a gamble that gets him closer to his ultimate goal.