The Frenchman Sébastien Bourdais has Sunday, for the second year in a row, the first Grand prix of the season, in St Petersburg, Florida, his name written. The 39-year-old Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing) kept the Americans Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan) and Alexander Rossi (Andretti).
It is for Bourdais his first victory since his terrible accident during the qualifying of the 500 Miles of Indianapolis, in may last year. In addition, he ran a fracture in the right hip. The Frenchman missed then a large part of the season. The champion of last year, the American Josef Newgarden (Penske) was seventh. Are ploegmakker, the Frenchman Simon Pagenaud, thirteenth.
1. Sébastien Bourdais (Fra/Dale Coyne), the 110 laps 2u17:48.49 (average: 138,7 km/h) 2. Graham Rahal (VSt/Rahal Letterman Lanigan) à 0.12 3. Alexander Rossi (Usa/Andretti) 0.71 4. James Hinchcliffe (Can/Schmidt Peterson) à 1.51 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Usa/Andretti) à 1.99 6. Scott Dixon (Ur/Chip Ganassi) à 2.27 7. Josef Newgarden (VSt/Penske) à 3.38 8. Ed Jones (EAU/Chip Ganassi) à 4.29 9. Marco Andretti (Usa/Andretti) à 4.83 10. Will Power (Aus/Penske) à 6.12
World cup standings (after 1 of 17 races):
1. Sébastien Bourdais (Fra) 51 points 2. Graham Rahal (Usa) 40 3. Alexander Rossi (Usa) 36 4. James Hinchcliffe (Can) 32 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Usa) 31