"Dear friends, to follow me during the season 2012 you should get as well my "follower" on my Twitter account. There you can find all informations about what is going on!! Do it now!"
- Thierry Neuville on his personal facebook profile and also on his official facebook fanpage.
I love how he starts his little message about his twitter account which you can follow here if you already didn’t do it before (if not, shame on you!) with lovely "dear friends" and finish it with an order "do it now!" with an exclamation mark as a bonus.
"If I look at the times of privateers? No, I do not count the times of interested amateurs who are there for fun. Me, my goal is to become a world champion! "
- Thierry Neuville being very modest after his first ever rally in WRC in which he crashed out, retired and didn’t score any single point.
It seems that influence of little Seb is everywhere! And I have to say I really hope Thierry will impress everyone in Citroen so they will start building a team around him after Sébastien Loeb retires. Then we would have two drivers full of themselves and full of self-confidence fighintg for a title and considering Thierry has said in the past that his dream is to beat Sébastien Ogier in a title fight in a future, it *might* get very interesting..
“We had one of the great human relationships between two racing drivers on the same team. And, you know, I was supposed to be the master and he was supposed to be the pupil. And I would have liked nothing in the world more than for him to take over from where I left off and be the world champion. That would have been the perfect end to a perfect story and a perfect relationship.
As it was, it was the end of my racing career and it was a sour way to leave the sport. But one in which the sport told me that nobody is big enough to think they can do everything when they want to do it, and complete whatever little goals they have set in life. And it was maybe just a question of God saying ‘never take things for granted, this is the down side’. And it was a very profound way of doing it, it couldn’t have been more painful or with more clarity. But… he’s still often with me”
— Jackie Stewart on François Cevert
He is so right, it would be simply perfect if it really happened. They are both one of my favourite racing drivers ever, they show that you can be friends with another racing drivers and you don’t have to look at them as to your enemies to be a winner and a champion. If there is mutual respect involved, of course.
Grow up boys, both of you. Show some class. Again, both of you. I just don’t get why Rossi has to ‘kick into’ Stoner at every possible opprotunity he has. He should rather be concentrating on his work with Ducati so he can actually challenge Stoner also on the track and not only in the press. One would thing that after so many titles he would show some class and not trying to ridicule somebody who has soundly beathen him - he is not five. And Stoner should stop moaning too much about everything including this. I mean, sometimes he has right to moan what many people don’t want to see (let’s face it, if somebody isn’t Mr Popular it’s him) but not all the time and this particar case is one of those. Can’t he just see that Rossi is trying his popular little mind games on him and is trying to wind him up a little? He should rather concentrate on his driving and his family than to what is Rossi saying about him in press.
Anyway, this year’s season will be probably very interesting - if nothing else, we’ll at least see this kind of “dirt throwing” and let’s hope they’ll fight it out on the race track even though I can’t see Ducati challenging Honda in this year.
Jerome D'Ambrosio joins Lotus as third driver for 2012
Great! Because let’s face it, he can bre gorgeous as much as he wants, he is just not good enough for a F1 racing seat. And speaking about racing seats - I hope at least Vitaly Petrov will find one because I cannot bear all of my favourite 2011 F1 drivers (Jerome D’Ambrosio, Vitaly Petrov and Sébastien Buemi) not racing this year.
Rallye Monte Carlo is finished and it was a really great event as expected. I am still sad that I wasn’t able to go there because of my exams. Hoping for the next year though!
The winner is noone else than Sébastien Loeb who eventually won with almost 3 minutes lead. Really, if he will continue to be flawless like this they can give him his trophy for his 9th title already now. Second place went to Dani Sordo who is continuing to impress with his Mini. I know how good he is on tarmac so I expected him to be quite up in the rankings, possibly even on the podium - but to do it in such a fasion.. Congratulations Dani, now you just need Loeb to crash out once so you can claim your first WRC victory. ;-) Speaking about Dani and Mini, the unofficial Most Stupid Quote of the Rally Award goes to David Richards who were speaking about "how important it is for him to keep his drivers happy". Drivers! Yes, he said drivers as in plural. I am willing to bet that Kris Meeke threw an Ogier-sque tantrum at home when he heard that.
Third place goes to Petter Solberg but noone cares about it because of his ugly BEARD. Really Petter, shave that thing off, everybody knows it its fault that your teammate Jari-Matti Latvala has crashed. It also injured poor Julien Ingrassia! Speaking about Petter, 3rd place is certainly a pretty good result for him but I am surprised he wasn’t able to keep Sordo's pace during the rally. Okay, I know that in the 4th day he was the fastest one but I doubt Dani was really pushing. He was probably just driving fast enough to maintain some kind of a gap. And speaking about Petter - another problem with speeding? Really? It’s really getting ridiculous, I bet that if he got some kind of serious ban for it he would blame it on “bad luck” as usual. Everything is just a “bad luck” for him. Don’t get me wrong, I like him (when he doesn’t have that frightening THING on his face) but sometimes he is just not able to admit that things can be his fault. Let’s get back to Jari-Matti Latvala. Rallye Monte Carlo is probably the most important event to finish because there is no superrally and what does he do? He bins it! D’oh, Jari-Matti, how can you fight for the title like that?
Fourth place goes to Mikko Hirvonen who was quite boring even though he showed he can be fast during the 3rd day. I hope he got used to the car, I doubt he will get bigger chance to win than in the next rally in Sweden. Surprisingly, Evgeny Evgeny Evgeny Novikov didn’t crash out in this rally and also surprisingly - he finished 5th what is his best result ever! Congratulations, I am pretty impressed by him and I bet poor Denis Giraudet was for from being usually desperate this time! The legend that is Francois Delecour finished on impressive 6th place and showed that despite being a bit older he still have it and has no problems to beat majority of today’s drivers. Also hat off to him for letting his co-driver Dominique Savignoni for who this was the last rally to drive during the power stage. What a gesture from a great, great man.
7th place goes to Pierre Campana who did very well according to me. I know some people were angry at him as he is somehow indirectly the reason why Kris Meeke wasn’t driving at Monte but let’s face it - he can be a pay driver but he is a damn good pay driver in my opinion! I firstly noticed him few years back in IRC where he did some pretty good results so he definitely has a talent. Also the fact that he has beaten hugely talented Ott Tänak(and his deathly stare) proves it. For me Ott was quite a disappointment (I hope he won’t be reading this because he will probably kill me by his stare) but on the other hand, he was ordered just to go safely to finish so he couldn’t show the real speed he is capable of.
Another surprising result is Kevin Abbring being the fastest guy with S2000 car. Okay, I know little Seb crashed out and PG Andersson with Proton has a biggest misfortune ever when his car caught fire just two stages to go and he and Proton were stripped off the biggest success ever for them which were they just about to reach. But still, I expected at least Craig Breen to be quicker than him and speaking about Breen, I know he has won the SWRC class (let’s rather not talk about that embarassing number of SWRC crews in this rally and in the whole championship) but I expected him to be faster.
Then there is ‘Go Fast’ team which did everything else but went fast. I mean, nobody really expected Matthew Wilson and Henning Solberg to be very fast or to be fast at all but this was just embarrassing. I also have to mention Paulo Nobre comparing to who Matt Wilson looks as fast as Loeb. He is just awesome and I don’t really care about him being slow because when you hear his interviews with World Rally Radio you can feel so much passion about rallying from him than you just have to love him and cheer him on!
I also cannot forget to mention Bryan Bouffier who had a nightmare day first day but then he was incredibly quick in his little Peugeot 207 S2000! Really shame about that first day, otherwise I can imagine him finishing definitely somewhere at the end of top 10! Last mention goes to my two favourite drivers who both crashed out during the first day of Rallye Monte Carlo. Yes, I am speaking about Sébastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville. I have to say I expected little Seb to crash at some point because he was just too fast with his little Škoda Fabia S2000. And it is only natural he crashed into a tree, he obviously loves crashing into them. I also feel sad for poor Julien being injured but thankfully it is nothing serious and he will be okay soon. He was even making fun of the whole thing on his official facebook fanpage, gotta love him! And Thierry! He was so unlucky! I mean - he had a slowest crash ever and he hit that wall on the little bridge so unluckily that he knocked his wheel off.
So that’s all. My first intention was to make this little review really little. But then I started wrtting and couldn’t stop myslelf. Congratulations if you made it till here - if not, I cannot blame you. Btw, did you know you can use only 20 tags per one post? Yeah, it sucks.
CONFIRMED: FRENCH MEN'S AND WOMEN'S BIATHLON RELAY TEAMS ARE THE BEST!
Yesterday French women won the relay race, today men did the same so I am pretty happy about them! And the fact they won in my favourite round which is Italian Antholz-Anterselva because there are the most beautiful tracks and nature makes me happy about the whole thing even more.
My favourite moment of today’s men race? Well, there were two of them. Firstly when Lars Berger did an uberNeuner and managed to miss 7 out of 8 shots (I mean, probably everybody expected him to do pretty bad. But not just THAT BAD) and then when Martin Fourcade cleaned all the targets, loaded his gun again, aimed.. and then realized there is no target left for him to clean so he left. I loved his surprised face! :-D
So.. congratulations to Marie Laure Brunet, Sophie Boilley, Anais Bescond and Marie Dorin Habert and also to Jean-Guillaume Beatrix, Simon Fourcade, Alexis Boeuf and Martin Fourcade who all made great jobs during this weekend.
I also really enjoyed yesterday’s men’s mass start race in which we could see a really close finish between three athletes and today’s women’s mass start in which Darya Domracheva totally owned all the others. I usually support Darya but today I wanted Lena Neuner because she is my favourite biathlete or Anastasiya Kuzmina because she is Slovak to win but they were just no match to her.
To put it simply, races in Antholz are always awesome and beautiful and I decided that once will go there spectating!
Martin Fourcade about his brother and mainly about the Swedish socks story
Yes, because this was probably the biggest talking point after today’s (great) races. And I absolutely love it becuase the whole story is so random that I can’t even. Apparently it was because he was hoping it will help him to beat yesterdays winner Swedish Fredrik Lindstrom. And yes, because Andi Birnbacher won today, Martin will be wearing German socks next time.
Here is an interesting part of an article from Swedish website: ”..And then I asked to take a picture of the socks. And that, he obviously up to no problems. What he did not realize then was that this led to all everyone wanted a picture of Martin and socks. And Martin took the opportunity to do karate kicks on the camera lenses. A true charmer, he is everything.
"My brother and I are the most diverse available, sure we have the same parents, but we are opposites. He is small and I’m tall, he is strong and I have small muscles, he likes the beard and not me. If he is white, I’m black”. And so it was with it. He forgot that the biggest difference is that Martin line up victories while Simon is still chasing his first. And why was he so great beard last week if he dislikes it? Yes, it was understood that Martin Fourcade promised not to shave off his beard as long as he stood on the podium. Now he has no beard. For here in Antholz, he stood on the podium twice. With Swedish socks.”
What to say, I absolutely adore him. Btw, I wanted to buy French socks from very same edition during the biathlon World Cup I visited but I didn’t have enough time in the end because I had to catch a train back home. Oh, well. :-(