The All-Motorsport Power Rankings: No. 52
Continuing the rather bizarre series of F1 testing photos that have adorned the front page of the Power Rankings in recent weeks here were have Jarno Trulli.
Jarno here is imitating what I imagine you see from the feet end of a woman giving birth.
To a gremlin.
This week saw the month of F1 testing draw to close (before two teams even managed to turn a lap) and it was those two teams who have stolen the headlines this week. Campos Meta 1 (or whatever they were called) changed their name to 'Hispania, for reasons only known to their accountants.
And then there was USF1....more of that long and mountainously bumpy road later.
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15. Lucas di Grassi (F1)
Virgin tried some “experimental control settings” on the car that may have led to the crash.
Steer left to go right? Blindfold the driver? Steer the whole thing with mobile phone?
P.S. News of the crash first reached me as reports Di Grassi had “destroyed the rear” of the car. I’ll let you fill in your own Virgin pun there.
14. Danica Patrick (NASCAR)
So long, farewell, (y’know) Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye.
Watch this. The Jimmy Spencer rant is priceless (and right).
13. Kimi Raikkonen (WRC)
He’s finally starting to grasp this racing thing.
12. Peter Windsor (Dole queue)
It is with great sadness I have to confirm the loss of USF1.
For nearly the entire life of the power rankings we could always rely on Peter to produce so bilious press release of Ken to do, erm, whatever Ken did (not a lot by some news from within the team).
We will all miss their unique approach to the pinnacle of motorsports as well as the ability to make easy toaster-based references.
They are gone. I almost feel I should retire the 15th place on the Power Rankings out of a mark respect, for this is the last we’ll be seeing of them.
11. Ken Anderson (Starbucks, probably)
"We have applied to the FIA to hold our entry until 2011.”
Bugger, spoke too soon.
10. Zoran Stefanovich (F1, well at least compared to the last two)
9. Jamie McMurray (NASCAR)
The McDonald's sponsorship may have made him Big Mac, but he laid a Whopper on the track.
8. Heikki Kovalainen (F1)
He’s compared the Lotus to the Minardi he once tested.
Which is harsh.
But made much better that we have a new Andrea Moda now.
7. Lewis Hamilton (F1)
Lewis splits with father manager.
Father seeks new reason to continue vicarious jet set lifestyle.
6. Vitaly Petrov (F1)
He and Renault have some sponsorship from Lada, as announced by Vladimir Putin himself.
I’m now slightly less easy about making fun of him now.
5. Nico Rosberg (F1)
A ‘super diffuser’ at Mercedes?
They’ve brought Nico a hat haven’t they.
4. Jeff Gordon (NASCAR)
You may think Gordon let Johnson by a little easily.
But to him that’s like being passed by a new wing for a mansion.
3. Valentino Rossi (Moto GP)
Grass still green.
Snow still cold.
Rossi still a bit good on two wheels.
2. Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)
Here's hoping Hendrick Motorsports has some really good paternal leave packages.
1. Jamie Whincup (V8 Supercars)
Four races. Four Wins
OK everybody else, you can join in now.