The All-Motorsport Power Rankings: Week 35
Alas, I feel the racing season is beginning to come an end this week.
The 12 drivers who will chase each other for the Sprint Cup have been decided, the first major championships of the year have been decided and F1 has said goodbye to Europe for another year, before closing its season off across Asia and South America.
On the other hand we're starting to see the first shapes of 2010 cast, NASCAR silly season is warming up with yet another merger annouced last week. "Lotus" have been selected as the 13th F1 team (and BMW the 14th) and Renault may be there (but definately without Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds).
The Power Rankings are "sporadically" featured on the Midweek Motorsport program on Radio Le Mans every Wednesday night 8 PM UK, 3 PM Eastern, 12 PM Pacific and on iTunes soon thereafter. This week featuring an interview with ALMS BMW driver Tommy Milner ahead of Petit Le Mans.
15 Jarno Trulli (F1)
Jarno’s attention is slipping.
In Spa he was depressed into retirement after following Luca Badoer, and in Monza he explained his move on Nakajima by saying he “got a bit bored to be honest”.
14 Bernie Ecclestone (F1)
F1 in a recession.
Testing bans, engine freezes, budget cuts, major stakeholders making million dollar losses and Bernie gets a 15% pay rise.
13 Fernando Alonso (F1)
Yes we know Manuel, I mean Fernando.
I’m sorry, he’s from Oviedo.
12 Mike Mascoyne (F1)
11 Nigel Mansell (Le Mans Series)
Is getting to drive with your dad in a 1000km race the adult equivalent of getting to sit in the passenger seat in the family car?
If so, I want to know why I always ended up in the back, and I still haven’t got my Ferrari.
10 Mark Martin (NASCAR)
He’s jumped nine places thanks to the Chase seeding.
That’s the old guy’s biggest leap since someone woke him up after he fell asleep watching MacGyver.
9 Jan Kopecky (IRC)
Winner in the IRC again.
Skoda still a punch line.
8 Garth Tander (V8 Supercars)
Winner of the first Australian V8 Supercar Enduro race of the year.
His wife, Leanne, finished 19th.
Insert a stereotype of your choice here.
7 Jan Charouz (Le Mans Series)
Newly crowed Le Mans Series champion, expected to make it a double success at the upcoming “Smiliest Czech” competition.
6 Adrian Sutil (F1)
Yes, well done you got points.
Unfortunately you’re a fortnight too late for the fanfare, fireworks and first place in the Power Rankings.
5 Brian Vickers (NASCAR)
The only positive Red Bull related news week.
4 Nico Hulkenburg (GP2)
Here’s what GP2 champion Nico said about his engineer;
“He’s my bitch”
Despite winning the GP2 title, Nico won’t be in F1 year. His mother’s grounded him and carries on asking where he heard that word.
3 Denny Hamlin (NASCAR)
To Denny Richmond is like everyone else’s Daytona.
Richmond is roughly one-third the size of Daytona, so, applying logic, Denny must be one-third the size of everyone else (roughly the size of a Labrador)
2 Jenson Button (F1)
Jenson on Rubens:
Funnily enough, that was going to Flav’s defense next week, too.
1 Rubens Barrichello (F1)
His helmet in Monza supported Nelson Piquet Jr.
Surely the best way to support him would to show easy it was to crash and help your teammate?