Formula 1 Motorboat. Alexandre Bourgeot on his way to a world medal


It is aboard this powerboat under the colors of the Maverick Racing team, surrounded by his staff, that Alexandre Bourgeot (in the foreground) will try this weekend to climb into the world top 5 of Formula 1 powerboat of speed.
It is aboard this powerboat under the colors of the Maverick Racing team, surrounded by his staff, that Alexandre Bourgeot (in the foreground) will try this weekend to climb into the world top 5 in Formula 1 powerboat. of speed. (© Marverick Racing)

It’s a small phenomenon that will happen this weekend, at Figueira da Foz, to Portugal, where we could attend the world crown ofAlexandre bourgeot, 40 years old, pilot of Formula 1 powerboat for the French formation of the Rhône, Maverick Racing.

Out of 24 pilots, the French , who lives in La Heunière (Eure), currently occupies a very beautiful sixth place. This position is all the more remarkable when we know that Alexandre Bourgeot is participating in the first time at the World Championships.

A first at 40

His world adventure, Alexandre Bourgeot began a few weeks ago, when the staff of the French team Maverick Racing, was looking for a second driver:

“At La Heunière, I have my own“ Bourgeot Racing team ”, but with our budget, it is impossible for us to participate in such a competition or even be able to compete in Formula 1 speed.

Alexandre bourgeotFormula 1 Motorboat Driver

Knowing Alexandre for his performances in Formula 2 speed and Formula 1 endurance (vice-champion of France in 2017), the Maconnaise team offers him to become the second driver for this season of recovery which takes place in three races.

Normally, before obtaining an official license in a stable, the driver is tested over three or four races. But satisfied with his result at Monza, in Italy on September 13, 2021, the French team validates the Normand.

Not so amateur

To fully understand the performance achieved by the Frenchman, it is important to know that he only tests his car one to two hours before the first qualifying laps. “What is needed is to manage to keep the sensations in order to repeat the performances. « 

For his first, Alexandre climbs to twelfth position, on the starting line, and manages, by his qualities as a driver, to finish sixth in front of the number one driver of Maverick Racing.

Another point to take into consideration, the fact that the Mâcon training is 100% amateur, where in other nations, they are dealing with professionals.

“The Americans, the Arab countries and even Norway have significant financial support. We manage to get out of the game thanks to our knowledge, by making our own diagnosis ourselves. « 

Alexandre bourgeotFormula 1 Motorboat Driver

Continue the dream

For the last two races of the season, if like any competitor, Alexandre Bourgeot reserves the right to seek the title of world champion, he remains nonetheless humble and prefers to proceed in stages.

“First of all, my goal is to finish both races. Then, if I can get into the top 5 that would be wonderful. After that for the rest, nothing is written, ”concludes the pilot with a broad smile, hidden behind his mask.

Races Friday 26 and Sunday 28 November, at 3:30 p.m., on the live www.f1h2o.com

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