The All-Motorsport Power Rankings: Week 36
There may only be one story in motorsports this week, the continued fall out of Crash-gate upon Flavio Briatore at Pat Symonds, with Symonds being banned for five years from motorsport and Briatore practically given a motorsports restraining order meaning the closest he'll get to racing is the egg and spoon race a school sports day (but even then there will be questions asked if one of the kids falls over).
However, elsewhere the world goes on, with NASCAR running the first race in the Chase, Indycar going all the way to Japan to keep Honda happy, and another championship gets decided.
The Power Rankings are "sporadically" featured on Midweek Motorsport on Radio Le Mans, which this week comes live from Road Atlanta ahead of Petit Le Mans, with all multitude of special guests. That's Wednesday at 9.10 PM UK (after Petit Le Mans testing) 4.10 PM, Eastern, 1.10 PM Pacific.
15. Nelson PIquet Jr. (F1)
The whole Singaprang debacle should make him unemployable in F1.
So, expect him to be driving for USF1 next year.
14. Tony Teixeira (A1GP)
Yep, it will be well known, it’ll be well known as ‘that appallingly run series, visiting rubbish tracks, with cars with no engines.’
13. Flavio Briatore (Not Allowed in F1) (or anywhere else)
Hang on, you're guilty, you resigned, you basically admitted it. Guilty people don't get to complain that their punishment is unfair.
12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (NASCAR)
Apparently David Reutimann “just ran out of talent”.
And if anyone should know what running out of talent feels like, it’s Dale Earnhardt Jr.
11. Kimi Raikkonen (F1)
Derek Warwick thinks F1 full of Kimi Raikkonens would be “the most boring sport in the world”.
I disagree. Firstly, there would be more stupid errors and comedy temper tantrums.
Secondly, there’s cricket.
10. Ryan Briscoe (Indycar)
He hits a Wall and collects a Cone.
Penske deny approaching Ice Cream makers for 2010 sponsorship claiming they would be warned off Mr. Whippy by Max Mosely.
9. Paul, Lord Drayson (ALMS)
Much like Paul’s smile I would imagine.
8. John Force (NHRA)
Four. Wide. Drag Racing.
Now, clean up after yourself.
7. Petter Solberg (WRC)
Petter is 34.
6. Kazim Vasiliauskas (F2)
5. Gabriele Tarquini (WTCC)
4. Andy Soucek (F2)
The latest 2009 champion, taking the F2 title at Imola.
3. Juan Pablo Montoya (NASCAR)
2. Scott Dixon (Indycar)
If Scott was from any other nation on earth, he might be considered exciting.
But compared to New Zealand’s other great export of bungee jumping, well, he’s a bit wet.