The All-Motorsport Power Rankings: Week 11
I spent most the weekend open mouthed at what was evolving in Melbourne, with my sleep patterns in tatters, basically becoming nocturnal to see the start of a new era of Formula One.
And what an era it appears to be. New (or should that be old) names at the front, past champions fighting back in the pack, overtaking!. The only thing that re-assured me I hadn't slipped into a parallel universe was that Nelson Piquet Jr managed to have an accident all by himself!
Meanwhile, in Virginia Mother Nature made her case for an appearance in the Power Rankings. She's not, don't worry, it's very difficult to rank mythical figures.
15 Takuma Sato (Indycar (possibly))
IRL flagmen take extra training to improve upper body strength ahead of increased workload.
14 Sebastian Vettel (F1)
Where ever he is, he is still apologising.
13 Casey Stoner (MotoGP)
I give you the most inappropriate prize in motorsport!
Casey topped the special qualifying testing at Jerez on his MotoGP bike.
And was rewarded with a new BMW car.
12 Bruno Senna (Le Mans Series)
Bruno got a Le Mans Series drive with ORECA last week after being snubbed by Brawn GP.
How do say ‘consolation prize’ in Portuguese.
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Indycar)
Tony George sees sense, Ryan gets ride, IZOD marketing department not fired.
10 Jarno Trulli (F1)
9 Craig Lowndes (V8 Supercars)
Won two of the V8 races supporting the Grand Prix at Melbourne, matching his team-mates domination in Adelaide.
No points for Melbourne.
8 Will Power (Indycar)
Helio, do not call this man as a character witness.
7 Lewis Hamilton (F1)
Lewis is wandering around the paddock during the podium ceremony, hears the National Anthem.
“Why are they playing my song, I didn’t win?” he thinks.
6 Tony Stewart (NASCAR)
Even from the TV cameras, I swear you saw Tony’s eyes light up as Hamlin and Johnson slid towards the wall.
5 Clint Bowyer (NASCAR)
Fifth at Martinsville, second overall.
It might be time to take notice of Clint Bowyer.
4 Denny Hamlin (NASCAR)
Marcos Ambrose last week, Jimmie Johnson this week.
“Target” apparently considering switching sponsorship to the 11 car.
3 Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)
Jimmie denies basing beardy look on Jenson Button.
2 Rubens Barrichello (F1)
Brackley build bullet-proof car, Barrichello bounces Brawn off everything en route to second.
1 Jenson Button (F1)
With the BBC picking up F1 coverage, the UK lost adverts during races, so I decided to ease the transition by thinking of some during lulls in the proceedings.
This one sprang to mind.
“This is my quest, to follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far”