Sebastien Bourdais has played down suggestions he might compromise his formula one programme by also contesting professional sports car races in 2009.

Sebastien Bourdais has played down suggestions he might compromise his formula one programme by also contesting professional sports car races in 2009.

The Toro Rosso driver will race not only in June's famous Le Mans 24 hour event for Peugeot between the Turkish and British grands prix, his participation in the Sebring endurance race is just one week before the Melbourne season opener.

"It doesn't worry me, it's something I have lots of practice in. I couldn't do it last year but I did it in 2007 when I did both Champ Car and Le Mans," he told sports.fr.

Bourdais, 29, insisted that the Peugeot and Ferrari-powered cars are so different that the transition does not pose a problem, but admitted that the turnaround between Sebring and Melbourne in March is slightly tight.

"It would not be fun to return to Europe between Sebring and Melbourne," he said.

"Perhaps I will go directly to Melbourne from the US on the Monday or the Sunday (after Sebring), but it is not a big deal, I won't be too tired. It is possible to manage," said Bourdais.

 

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