So it’sÂ BrawnGP then that are the only team to have beaten Christian Horner’s men convincingly. Way back in 2009. And speculating, by whats going on at Jerez currently, it looks like that very team are going to put an end to the Energy drink’s fizz once again.
But it’s not just the time sheets that I’m referring to, nor the super consistent longÂ runs that are impressive. The other similarly Mercedes-powered teams are displaying some speed and consistency too.
It’s the stance of that car. The W05.
In its dull matte silver finish with dark trailing edges it looks absolutely sinister. The seamlessÂ hints of dark carbon-fibre appear mysteriousÂ and threatening. The fine air-brushed Malaysian oil-giant’s colours are pure serpent material! Even ‘Blackberry’ sounds like the forbidden fruit. Evil.
As much as it is menacing, it’s easily one of the best looking specimens to hit a Grand Prix track in recent times. Newey must be envious.
W05. Is that Deutsch-code for ‘you won’t have 5 Sebastian?’ Hmm.
MSC’s MGPW01 lies on the flatbed while Nico flies past. Image Copyright Â© 2010 Ajit Devadason
9 time FIA WRC Champion. Image Copyright Â© 2012 Anonymous
As the 2014 WRC teams shakedown their machinery around the twists of Monte Carlo,
I took a deep breath and let out a heavy sigh.
A man with a simple nick name, Le Patron or The BossÂ [‘ice man’ should’ve gone to him!]. A legend who deserved a lotÂ more dedicated space on the dailies around the world. A precise executioner of times, stages and super-specials. And a worthy champion more than anybody, was missing.
Missing from the starting list of the new season. After dominating the World Rally Championship for 9 consecutive seasonsÂ fromÂ 2004Â toÂ 2012.
In 2013, he entered just 4 rounds. In a kindÂ of ‘farewell-victory-lap’ to his loyal fans and French team, Citroen. He won two, finished second in one and in the final round crashed out and retired.
That final round was at home. Rallye de France-Alsace. He crashed out spectacularly in the first stage of Day 3. His Citroen DS3 WRC turned turtle. He crawled out of the wrecked car and into the timeless pages of Rally folklore.
This ultimate driving legend who was competitive straightaway in a Red Bull Formula 1 test, has been on the podium in Le Mans 24 Heures, raced aÂ McLaren MP4 12C in the FIA GT series, demolished the record at Pikes PeakÂ Hill Climb and for 2014 embarks on a serious challenge in the WTCC with CitroenÂ â€“Â has bid farewell to World Rallying. Without a pre-rehearsed ‘thank you’ speech.
Salut Sebastian Loeb.
Schumi pedals around the BIC. Image Copyright Â© 2012 Ajit Devadason
I’ve always prayed for him.
Throughout his career. Be it at Benetton, Ferrari or Mercedes. That he doesn’t crash.
That he doesn’t crash into. That he doesn’t cause a crash. And now just like Silverstone 1999, that he recovers successfully from a crash.
Here’s to the healthiest 45-year-old on the planet. Coma or not.
It’s cold! It’s dreary. Arthritic joints stretch.
We’re still hanging onto our New Year moments. And blankets.
The images of Formula One are forming slowly. Too slowly.
New engines. New drivers. Sort of. Yawn.
Quick glance at the Autosport F1 arena on Twitter. Doesn’t send any shivers.
Is the Kimi & Fernando story bigger than it really is?
Two words you don’t want to hear or use early. Atleast till Monaco!