Last week I showed a photo of a British kit car and they made
400 of them in 1958. I asked what it was? It was the Tornado Typhoon Sports
Brake, and Peter Eades was first in and best dressed.
So to this week, and since we have featured Citroen, how do
you know if a ‘Traction Avant’ Citroen built between 1938-1940 and post-war
1948-1955 was built in the UK and not in France (and it isn’t the placement of
the steering wheel)?
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So what did we learn from the
German Grand Prix?
Well we learned that Alonso is definitely Number 1 at
Ferrari. The Sulky Spaniard’s whinge on the radio that “this is ridiculous”
worked, and Massa was told to cede position. Now, “team orders” are forbidden by
the FIA, so Ferrari has been fined $100,000 and will be told not to do it again.
Another 40 slaps on the wrist with a wet tram ticket. All the Ferrari haters are
now up in arms, bringing up the time that Barichello was forced to yield to
Michael Schumacher in Austria in 2002. The only real difference was the fact
that Schumacher acknowledged the fact and put Barichello on the top step of the
podium as the moral victor. Schumacher was also then fined for doing that. The
Sulky Spaniard has still not acknowledged the method by which he “won” the
German GP. Nor will he ever, I doubt.
However, is the ‘No Team Orders’ legislation sensible? Or is
the law an ass? Team orders have always been part of motor sport. In my opinion,
the greatest F1 driver of all time is Juan Manuel Fangio, but some of his world
titles came through team orders. Orders where his team mate did not only have to
cede position, but hand his car over as well. Drivers are no longer competing as
individuals - they are merely part of a “team”, and the “team” decides tactics
and strategies, not the drivers. Trying to legislate against these is pointless.
What else did we learn? Well we saw that young Vettel is
probably the most dangerous driver at the start that I have ever seen. His
lunges across the track at the other drivers to attempt to block are just too
much. However, he will get his comeuppance one day. Incidentally, with Vettel
and Webber now equal in points, what will Red Bull do now? Give them half a wing
With the Seth Effrikkan channel no longer being beamed into
Thailand, we are forced to watch Star Sports, and the comparison is odious. If
anyone who reads this has any influence on Star Sports please let them know that
breaking away from the action for a block of ads every seven minutes is just not
on. I understand that adverts are needed, but the South Africans place the
advert around a minimized real-time telecast picture, so you do not miss any
action. Star Sports could easily do the same and get some converts to their
What else? Honestly, it was boring. The leaders were quicker
than McLaren, who were quicker than Kubica in the Lada, who was quicker than the
Mercedes, and so on down the line. Passing was prohibited, I think, unless
sanctioned by Ferrari.
Finally, it certainly takes some mind-numbing boredom to end
up deciding that the Petronas advert was more exciting than the Total Oil advert,
which in turn was more exciting than the motor racing from Germany. I just pray
that Hungary will be better.
Citroen gets the ‘Big Air’!
Brief note from our friends at Citroen regarding their
prowess in the rally scene. Or perhaps that should be Sébastien Loeb’s prowess.
The Citroön Total World Rally Team have been competing in the FIA World Rally
Championship since 2001 during which they have won five manufacturers titles and
powered Sébastien Loeb to all six of his World Drivers’ Championship crowns to
make him the most successful rally driver in history.
The drivers call it - somewhat modestly - getting some “big
air” and it’s that gravity defying moment that separates rallying from all other
motorsports that aim to keep their cars glued to ground and which sees rally
cars propelled towards the sky.
Yes, other motorsports occasionally see cars in the air (such
as Mark Webber a couple of weeks ago), but it’s usually the prequel to a rather
large accident, but in rallying it is, quite simply, the quickest method of
getting from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’.
Like so many other lists of rallying’s records, the
unofficial record for the biggest ‘yump’ is held by Sébastien Loeb. During
April’s Rally of Turkey, Sébastien Loeb literally took off on the fast Ballica
stage propelling his C4 WRC car an incredible 85 meters through the air. And
Commenting on his amazing Turkish jump, Loeb said, “It was an
incredible sensation as we were up in the air for several seconds. Not for a
moment did we imagine that we would jump so far.”
At the time of writing this, the Frenchman heads into round
eight of the 2010 championship in Finland with a 51 point lead over his closest
rival and firmly in the hunt for a record seventh drivers’ crown. The Citroön Total World Rally Team also holds a 47 point lead in the Manufacturers’