I didn’t give 10 to anyone because nobody was flawless or close to it. Higher grade I gave to some driver(s) was 9 and it went to Sébastien Loeb, Jari-Matti Latvala and Hayden Paddon (he might not be racing in WRC but the way how he clinched his PWRC title was pretty impressive - 4 victories out of 4 and title was his already in Australia). Grade 8 went to Sébastien Ogier who was pretty fast but crashed quite much for my liking, then also to Dani Sordo who made almost impossible results with his Mini and also to Ott Tänak and Andreas Mikkelsen but I guess they both deserve more like 7,5 than 8. From other notable drivers - I gave grade 5 to Mikko Hirvonen and Petter Solberg who were both relatively fast in comparison with the majority of the field but not as fast and impressive as was expected. The lowest grade from me was 2 and it went to Matthew Wilson, Kimi Raikkonen got 3 from me.
Re: Kimi Raikkonen news, Renault/Lotus or whatever the name of this team will be in the next season and this team's second driver
I personally would prefer to have Kimi Raikkonen in WRC. He was quite a nice addition and I was always laughing at "And where is Kimi?" "In a ditch." joke. Also he had nice car livery and was nice to watch him live on the stages. I am not going to say anything about his 2 years waste of time in WRC but I would very much rather wonder how he think he will squeeze his moobs into that tiny F1 car. And him having moobs is a fact. Also I wonder how he will do after being away from F1 for two years because we all have seen how Michael Schumacher's comeback was.
Then there is 2nd driver of Renault/Lotus/whatever. There were many people speaking about Robert Kubica. I personally think that even if he will come back to F1 at some point (which is quite questionable according to me) I very much doubt he will be the same. Again there will be that time he spent away not only from F1 car and also from racing itself so I cannot see his F1 future very brightly.
There are 3 drivers who could drive alongside Kimi in Renault/Lotus/whatever. Vitaly Petrov, Bruno Senna and Romain Grosjean. I guess Vitaly has the highest chances from this trio because of money + he wasn’t so bad this season. Then there is Romain Grosjean who proved he has speed and awesome hair in GP2. And then there is Bruno not really Senna who is F1 only because of his name and I do hope Renault/Lotus/whatever will ditch him.
Really shame about that Kimi news because I was hoping for awesome Vitaly Petrov, Romain Grosjean team.
“When he had his accident with Jody Scheckter in Canada, he hurt his ankle. Helen and I were intending to go to Bermuda, and François came with us, but we went to Niagra Falls first and then went to New York for one night. Helen and I went to see a guitar player, I think it was Santana, who was playing at the Plaza. François had something else to do… I had been carrying him everywhere on my back, like a child, because of his leg. We had travelled down in a Galaxie that Ford had given us and he was on the back seat with his leg out. In Bermuda we had a two-bedroom apartment and every night we’d go to the Ocean Reef Club, and he would play the piano. The place was full of very old people, pretty dead! But when he played the whole place lit up. His pièce de résistance was Beethoven’s Pathetique. He wooed them all, and then would go into some ragtime thing. Remarkable.”
— Jackie Stewart on François Cevert, Motorsport magazine December 2011 (via ivegotmytowel)
Every day I am loving Francois Cevert more and more. And I love the fact he could play classical things on the piano. It makes him even more perfect and sexy too.
Today I was googling some informations about Francois Cevert because I am becoming more and more “addicted” to him and I am trying to find every information possible about him. During this googling I found Cevert was 2nd ever French F1 race winner and that the 1st French winner was Maurice Trintignant. Because the name sounded strangely familiar I was googling further and found out this Maurice was an uncle of quite famous French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant(and now we are finally getting there) who was a father of Marie Trintignant who was murdered by her boyfriend Bertrand Cantat who is/was my favourite murderer the singer of one of my top favourite music band Noir Désir.
Isn’t that awesome? Okay, maybe the fact it is a murder which in a way links those two things isn’t so great but still. I love it. And I love France!
I just did it and it was pretty hard. Especially giving 2 to my favourite rider Randy de Puniet(maybe I am too hars to him but I am always too hars to riders I support and I also judge them more). Unfortunately I know he doesn’t deserve any better. The only 10 I gave was to Casey Stoner because he was flawless this season, another high rates from me went to Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and then also to Ben Spies and Marco Simoncelli(here I would like to add that I am hoping people won’t give him 10s only because of that tragic incident, this is not about it). Oh, and I gave rate 1 to in motogp always poor and worthless Toni Elias and Valentino Rossi received 6 from me.
This weekend are held two great rally events - Rallye du Var with Jari-Matti Latvala, Ott Tänak and many other great drivers which I mentioned in article about this rally but also Monza Rally Show where we can see these aces:
Sébastien Loeb who will be co-driven by his wife Séverine. Daniel Elena is unavailable because he will be driving a zero car at already mentioned Rallye du Var which means there will be even more awesomeness at this rally. (Btw, usually Loeb and his wife start at Rallye du Var, I am wondering why the change.)
Giandomenico Bassoand his bald head who was driving a terrible Proton this year in IRC, poor boy. Btw, he is 2006 IRC champion.
Quite well-known Italian drivers who usually appear at many international rally events, usually in IRC: Piero Longhi, Alessandro Perico (with Citroen C4 WRC and speaking about C4 WRC, there should be 4 of them, yay!), Massimiliano Settembrini, Luca Rossetti and Paolo Andreucci.
Aaron Burkart, 2009 JWRC champion.
From motogp there will be Valentino Rossi, his girlfriend right-hand Alessio “Uccio” Salucci, and his father Graziano Rossi. Family affair.
Andrea Dovisiozo, also from motogp.
Andrea Iannone and Claudio Corti, both from moto2.
Guido Meda and Paolo Beltramo who should both be Italian journalists and motogp experts.
And last but not least Bernardo Sousa who is usually competing in SWRC and is usually pretty useless.
Even though I am not a fan of more than half of these drivers/riders I would really love to be there!
The lastest two drivers confirmed for Race of Champions are SWRC 2011 and IRC 2010 champion Juho Hänninen and Jan Kopecký who is a multiple champion in losing the IRC title despite the fact Škoda factory team is doing everything to help him to win it. So, the current line-up looks like this:
Sebastian Vettel - 2010 and 2011 F1 champion.
Michael Schumacher - 7 times F1 champion (don’t want the years from me).
Team Great Britain:
Jenson Button - 2009 F1 champion.
Andy Priaulx - 3 times WTCC champion.
Travis Pastrana - I don’t know exactly everything he has won and where he starts (I know about X-Games and rallying in USA) but he is awesome.
Brian Deegan - according to wikipedia some X-Games ace.
Sébastien Ogier - 2008 JWRC champion and world champion in tantrum throwing and in the best accent ever competition.
Romain Grosjean - 2011 GP2 champion, 2008 and 2011 GP2 Asia champion, 2010 auto GP champion, he also have Sideshow Bob hair.
Vitaly Petrov - Russian champion in some races with Lada.
Jan Kopecký - probably Czech champion in something but for me he is that thing I have written at the beginning of this article - multiple champion in losing the IRC title despite the fact Škoda factory team is doing everything to help him to win it.
Tom Kristensen - multiple Le Mans winner.
Juho Hänninen - 2011 SWRC champion and 2010 IRC champion.
Team Germany 2:
Timo Glock - 2007 GP2 champion.
Timo Scheider - 2008 and 2009 DTM champion.
Then there are also Matthias Ekstrom (two times DTM champion and also 3 times Race of Champions champion), David Coulthard (who may raced in F1 for centuries but he is no champion anyway but okay - if we can have Jan Kopecký and Vitaly Petrov..) and the last (so far) name is Martin Tomczyk (2011 DTM champion).
Considering there is so far 17 drivers I guess they have to quickly add at least another one so they will be able to form two teams from those three remaining drivers.
Being Slavic I shoud probably cheer for Team Slavic but no one will ever force me to cheer for any team with Jan Kopecký in it, no matter how much I love Vitaly Petrov. The chocie is clear for me - it’s Team France as every year, usually there is Sébastien Loeb and Alain Prostand his nose in it but this year they have little Seb and Sideshow Bob and I am certainly not complaining (but shame they didn’t invite Jean-Eric Vergne instead of Romain Grosjean, with little Seb they could form Team Arrogant).
Btw, I am suprised there is no Team Finland this year. Maybe the organisers grew tired of watching Finnish rally drivers being crap struggling on tarmac and never winning anything. And they probably didn’t invite Heikki Kovalainen because he would set something on fire.
According to French source, Sébastien Loeb will earn 20 million € for his next two years in Citroen (without incentive pays which can be pretty big if he wins another two titles if you ask me), this amount money should be similar to what Sebastian Vettel will earn in Red Bull according to the same French source. In comparison to Loeb, Mikko Hirvonen will only earn 3 million € for being a number two driver in Citroen, which really explain the relationship of Citroen to both Loeb and Hirvonen the best.
The article then conclude by saying that Hirvonen was earning only half of it in Ford and that the money the best paid rally drivers were earning before are nothing compared to Loeb - Colin McRae or Marcus Gronholm were earning about 6 million € in 2003 or 2006 and 2007. (Very interesting, I am wondering how much was Sébastien Ogier earning in his season and how little/much it was in comparison to Loeb.)