Season Review: Sebastian Saavedra

In a series of blogs that will be featured throughout the offseason, I review and talk about 21 full-time drivers in addition to extended part time drivers (Carpenter and Conway) in an honest and opinionated format. I would ask you to share your opinions on my thoughts as well as your thoughts on the driver and their season. Enjoy:

Sebastian Saavedra
#17 KV AFS Racing Technology

21st in points scoring 291 points.

Best finish: 9th (Long Beach)
Worst finish: 23rd (Grand Prix of Indianapolis)

Wins: 0
Poles: 1
Avg. Start: 17.2
Avg. Finish: 16.9
Change in position: 6

Grade: F

Another year, another disappointing campaign for Sebastian Saavedra. Seb moved from Dragon Racing, where he raced in 2013, to KV Racing, partnering with long time sponsor Gary Peterson and AFS Racing. He also joined his Dragon teammate Sebastien Bourdais, who took over the seat of Tony Kanaan.

So, what did Sebastian do right? Two things stick out: 1) Pole at Grand Prix of Indianapolis 2) Strong run through the field at Iowa. Behind the helmet and the hair, there is some talent there.

But the two things that highlighted his season ended poorly. After capturing the pole for GPI, Saavedra stalled, collecting Carlos Munoz and Mikhail Aleshin. After thrashing his way through the field at Iowa, Saavedra hit the wall coming out of turn two, unofficially ending his race. This, many average races, and living in Bourdais's shadow all year put a dark cloud of Saavedra's season.

I have nothing against Saavedra as a person. He seems like a really nice guy to fans and fellow drivers. I just don't see how this season, and his past performances, merits another season in Indycar. I know the equipment may not be the best and he had some bad luck, but at some point, you have to overcome obstacles. He has continually under performed in his career. Question is, will he back next season? I wish him the best wherever his career takes him.

Sebastian Saavedra - Honda Indy Toronto - Day 2
Photo: Robert Laberge / Getty Images North America

So far, the grades have been:
Sebastian Saavedra - F

Stay tuned for P20 Carlos Huertas!

-Matthew Hickey