The All-Motorsport Power Rankings: Week 45
Have you recovered from the shock yet?
"The shock of what?" I hear you ask.
The shock of Jimmie Johnson winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup title. I mean no one was expecting that, were they? If you despise NASCAR, you can read the same comment to the long-expected announcement of Nico Rosberg as the first driver at the new Mercedes/Brawn team this week.
Elsewhere in things you weren't expecting, it was the Macau Grand Prix weekend, or several drivers charging around streets that would not normally be suitable for long vehicles, let alone racing cars (see picture for graphic representation of why), with the decision of another world champion.
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15) Andre Couto (WTCC)
The third and final driver in this crash.
Motorsport Idiot of the Week.
Man Least Trusted to Recognize Semaphore.
Almost made up for by the fact he was caught re-adjusting his man veg on international TV (a moment sadly just missed by this clip)
14) Mario Theissen (Watchdog)
The BMW team appears to have been sold to a conman.
Ousted Nigerian Tribal Chief waiting for further news before making new bid.
13) Jose Maria Lopez ((US)F1)
Peter Windsor rumoured to have thought Jose Maria was female in quest for “Poor Man’s Danica.”
Ousted Nigerian Tribal Chief believes his purchase of USF1 is guaranteed *sends email*.
12) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (NASCAR)
The first third of the race going forward, making his popularity worthwhile.
The rest spent wiping the car off on the wall and going backwards.
This man is a pessimist's dream!
11) Adrian Campos (F1)
Campos Meta1 have had their tub homologated.
There’s a USF1 quip to be made here, but I’m too cowardly to make it.
10) Juan Pablo Montoya (NASCAR)
Was Tony Stewart ever on Juan’s Christmas card list?
9) Jamie Whincup (V8 Supercars)
Now pretty much assured of the V8 Supercars championship, and so the final title of 2009.
8) Will Power (Indycar)
Will's got a full-time Penske seat.
So now the best Newman/Haas/Lanigan car will be sixth.
7) Nico Rosberg (F1)
“No other brand in Formula 1 can look back on such a long and successful tradition in motor racing.”
Maranello reverberates to yet more audible teeth-grinding.
6) Augusto Farfus (WTCC)
5) Denny Hamlin (NASCAR)
Yes, he won the race, but he still wrecks like a girl.
Did three seasons as Tony Stewart’s teammate teach you nothing?
4) Kris Meeke (IRC)
Winner of the IRC Rally of Scotland.
3) Edoardo Mortara (F3)
Hopes his successful weekend at Macau will “re-open” his racing career.
Funny, I didn’t hear anything about him winning the jackpot at the casinos, too.
2) Gabriele Tarquini (WTCC)
The oldest-ever FIA World Champion, at 47.
No wonder the man needs a rest.
1) Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)
The question on NASCAR fans’ lips this week: Will our interest “survive for five”?
It's Been a Season
This concludes the forty-fifth and final edition of the Motorsport Power Rankings for this season.
A season that has seen worthy champions born out of great battles, a season that has seen rumour run rife, more twists and turns than a lap of any of the world's great tracks.
But as we have all sat and watched 45 weeks of racing, and passed comment, positive and negative, serious and flippant, about the men and women who climb behind the wheel and the other men and women who help them get there, it has also been a black season, marred by reminders of the danger that hangs over each one every time they pull tight a seat belt.
I repeat what I said in the introduction to the Power Rankings the week after Henry Surtees' tragic accident.
Though I have spent a year poking fun at every crash, race, reaction, and comment this year, I mean nothing but respect for the men and women far more talented than myself who have been the subject of these pages this year.
This is just my way of showing it.