Little Seb: “When you are not pilitically correct, you are seen as arrogant”
Little Seb did very interesting interview with Marca. Here are the best bits or the thing which are the most interesting for me - his relationship with Citroen and Seb Loeb:
Do you miss Citroen? "No, that’s fine. The only thing I miss is not being able to fight for the championship. When you’re a competitor that’s one thing you miss the most. But I have no regrets – it’s only a matter of one year and it’s aimed at other goals."
What do you feel when you see Loeb? "Nothing. Honestly, all the tension in the past between us is over. I have fond memories of Citroën. Now, when I see Sébastien talk to him normally, no problem."
Do you think about next year as about a vengeance? “No, no vengeance. I want to compete for the championship and fight for victory.”
How do you deal with fans in France after fighting his idol in rallying? ”At first I think fans did not really like me, but gradually I think I am gaining popularity. Loeb won so many races and titles and I think people saw me as a bit arrogant, perhaps because many times I was not being politically correct.”
It’s nice to see him speaking in let’s say mature way. I was half expected him to strart throwing as much dirt to Citroen and Loeb after he left like a stupid little kid and I am glad he didn’t do so. PS: I really hope he can challenge for the title next year and we will see a huge battle between him and Loeb.
Thanks to RACB (Royal Automoto Club Belgium), Thierry Neuville will be able to do 2 WRC rounds more as was expected which means that instead of only 9 events we will see him competing on 11 rallies, yay!
So we will see him everywhere but at New Zealand and Sardinia which is kinda shame. I love Rally New Zealand because it’s always special because it is during the night for me and it usually destroy my already destroyed sleeping pattern even more. Also this rally is always pretty eventfull and only the best drivers are able to survive to the end. Another thing, there are usually (unfortunately) not so many drivers starting because of its location so Thierry would have a good chance to finish quite high in the standings, shame.
Also a big shame about Sardinia because it’s the rally my friends are planning to visit this year which means I am planning to join them. But now when I know it will probably be without Thierry? I just don’t know, maybe he should find another sponsor and go to Sardinia too. Yeah, he definitely should do it.
I just found out that one of my favourite ski jumpers Bjoern Einar Romoeren is following Petter and Henning Solberg and Ken Block on twitter! Yay, for colliding of some of my favourite sports! Oh and he is even following the one and only @PimpBillClinton which is even more awesome!
New season of World Superbikes is starting this weekend!
..and even though I have many things to do which means I probably won’t be able to watch races live I am still pretty much excited about it.
This year I will be cheering for my favourite rider ever Sylvain Guintoli who is in danger of not being my favourite driver ever any more because he seems to have weird things grown on his face lately. At the end of last year he had was in a terrific form so I hope he will continue with it and if he will, his first victory will surely come quickly. Then I will be also supporting Kawasaki boys - Joan Lascorz and mainly Tom Sykes and his awesome chin. Also, there is another one of my favourite riders John “Hopper” Hopkins but he successfully managed to injure himself once again even before the season actually started. Oh and I will be also supporting Jonathan Rea and Evgene Laverty but only a bit because I like riders mentioned before more. :-)
Who I definitely won’t be supporting is Michel Fabrizio who is as nice as die-hard fans of Valentino Rossi to Casey Stoner(at least on the internet!) are, then also Marco Melandri because I just don‘t like him and same stands for Nicolo Canepa and a bit also for Leon Halsam.
Then there are riders about which results I am really curious. Of course, I am in fact curious about everyone but I am mainly wondering if Max Biaggi will be able to fight for the title this year, also if Carlos Checa will be able to defend his title. Also there is Ayrton Badovini who was pretty impressive last year and I cannot wait to see if he will continue in such fashion. And I am wondering also how will Hiroshi Aoyama do in WSBK and I have to say I expect nothing great from him. But who knows - maybe he will surprise me!
I wrote a little (well, the plan was to keep it little but in the end it’s just fucking long) article to my livejournal about my trip to Sweden which mainly involved visiting Rally Sweden 2012 so if you want you can read about it. I even corrected all the typos so yes, you fucking want to read (and possibly even comment) it!
..And if you want to see my photos from Rally Sweden, you can find them here.
“‘I remember the feeling,’ said [Jo] Ramirez, ‘that dreadful feeling when the noise level drops and the cars that were running come into the pits very slowly. And your car is not among them. There was a truck leaving the pit lane to go to the scene of the accident. I went to jump into the back of the truck and Jody [Scheckter], who had just returned to the pits, shouted at me. ‘Don’t go!’ he said. ‘Don’t go!’. I knew then. My heart sank completely.’”
— from Ken Tyrrell - The Authorised Biography by Maurice Hamilton
This is all so sad and horrid. I cannot imagine how/what poor him was feeling, it had to be something terrible.