The All-Motorsport Power Rankings: Week 27
The decision on how to write, or even whether to write the Power Rankings this week as not an easy one.
Following the events on Sunday that took the lives of Henry Surtees at Brands Hatch and rally co-driver Flavio Gugelmini in Bulgaria, I was questioning whether it was in poor taste, or even possible to make light-hearted comments about the men and women who take such risks, many of whom would have shared a pit lane or paddock with the victims of accidents.
However, while racing showed just how dangerous it is this weekend, it is important to know that it also brings enjoyment to millions. Not only you or I who sit by our T.V.s or line the tracks and stages as fans, but the men and women we come to see race, who do so for the glory and excitement of competition and winning.
While much of the focus has been on Henry on Sunday, I have a picture from Saturday, arguably the biggest day of his career, standing on the podium at his home round, the first Briton to do so in the new F2 series.
The smile says it all.
Henry enjoyed racing. And so should we.
We should continue to watch, read about, write about and support racing and the racers who take risks every weekend. While many of us, myself very much included, have drivers we follow, and don’t follow, drivers we rate highly, and drivers we rate not so highly, we respect every single of them.
This is just my way of showing it.
15. Marcus Gronholm (Pikes Peak)
He finished Pikes Peak on fire!
In six words that is what the WRC is missing. That and competition.
14. Nelson Piquet Senior (Moaning)
The triple world champions has some rather strong opinions on the IRL
Alarmingly the same approach would explain his son’s F1 performances.
13. Sebastien Bourdais (The Dole Line)
He’s unhappy and he’s going to court about it.
Finally, evidence Seabass does belong in F1!!
12. Vijay Mallya (F1)
Nope, Kimi hit Sutil at least twice.
11. Danica Patrick (Indycar)
On dismissing the chance of a USF1 drive;
And I’ve explored America before, I went to Disneyworld when I was 8.
10. Jean Todt (FIA)
As if taking the FIA presidency wasn’t a poisoned chalice enough on its own
9. Anthony Davidson (FIA GT)
Anthony like me, appears to believe that the further we are from Jaime Alguersauri’s F1 debut the better.
So, he’ll be in Belgium, racing in the Spa 24 Hours.
The next time your son/daughter or partner complains about the monsters under the bed, be thankful they don’t all drive 870 horsepower four wheel drives that can tame 156 corners in a little over 10 minutes.
Because then they’d never go to sleep.
7. Jorge Lorenzo (Moto GP)
At last the evolutionary quirk that’s kept us from jumping into volcanoes, sticking our hands in blenders and using hydrochloric acid as face wash has got though!
6. Augusto Farfus (WTCC)
Another weekend for WTCC driver and possessor of slightly “random spatial awareness” according to Martin Haven.
He causes a first lap crash in race one, then wins race two.
5. Jaime Alguersuari (F1)
Without even having turned a race wheel Jaime already has an F1 career of superlatives.
He’s the youngest, the newest, and has the most frequently mispronounced name.
He’s also likely to be the slowest and the most overtaken.
4. David Brabham (ALMS)
After driving a Peugeot last month, which had more nose jobs than a bad boxer, at Lime Rock he needed one.
And was there one.
Was there heck-as-like!
3. Kyle Busch (Nationwide Series)
Sometimes words cannot sum up domination, so here’s Busch’s Nationwide results dating back to June.
2. Simon Pagenaud (ALMS)
The victor of The Battle of Lime Rock, although it was on something of a technical knock out.
1. Valentino Rossi (Moto GP)
Rossi’s 101st victory is also a record-equaling 159th GP podium and he's 14 points ahead in the title race.
And, yes, before you ask. That's good.
German Moto GP report and results.