I wonder what happened to V&V Sport Management, the agency that was/is run by Atte Varsta and Kim Vatanen? They seemed to be on a roll some years ago, but according to their website the current roster includes two drivers, Aki Sahila and Max Vatanen. Neither one has been too active this year (Vatanen has no starts at all, Sahila one in a local Finnish event). In addition to Ogier, their CV includes Breen, Paddon, Bergqvist, Sirmacis and Ketomaa. Maybe it's better not to assume anything, but it doesn't look too good that all of these relationships have ended.
Originally Posted by Allez Andruet
Over and out.
very interesting read https://pushingpace.com/wrc/analysis...season-review/
Other than the whole concept I have 2 big issues with that rating:
1. It doesn't separate technical issues and crashes. Off course multiple crashes are not included either. So Latvala and Suninen who both crashed twice in Sweden get good potential points, just like Tšnak in Sardinia.
2. Stage wins/pace after retiring. Some drivers crash on start of the rally from not very good position and then rejoin and suddenly are much faster (less pressure and road position can matter). This pace is then counted in same way as pace "when it matters".
EDIT: An extreme example of how "stage results" can have rather different meaning than performance in a rally and how positions can actually tell a different story:
"raw pace points" according to the rating= "real points" + "extra(difference), based on stage times"
Latvala 15 = 4 + 11
Sordo 10 = 4+ 6
Lappi 7 = 1 +6
Mikkelsen 4 = 0 + 4
How it went:
Latvala - retired to superrally from 4th after 2 cars ahead of him already retired (Sordo and Mikkelsen), after that posted some good times on Saturday after arriving late in TC to start as last WRC , 2 stage wins in total
Sordo - retired to SR from 2nd (ahead of Latvala, but was behind Mikkelsen when he retired 2 stages before), after that was 2nd on road cleaning for Neuville, won a super special (1 stage win in total)
Lappi - won SSS (first stage, everyone remembers the jump), after that mediocre times and retirement from 5th (1 stage win in total)
Mikkelsen - retired from 1st place with everyone on the road (bare Suninen), first on road rest of rally cleaning for Neuville, 3 stage wins in total
Yet at the extremes Latvala gets 15 "raw pace points" vs Mikkelsens 4 points with less stage wins and retirement from 4th vs 1st. Lappi actually getting those points near Sordo is also pretty much a mystery to me, even without taking road position for Sordo on Saturday/Sunday into account.
Sure the rating shows that Tanak is the fastest, but to tell that all you need to do is to look on number of stage wins and number of stages leading the rally.
Maybe the Englishman doesn't understand Rule number One when a Finn speaks: (one of you guys told me this some years ago...)
" A Finn is never 100% serious, and a Finn is never 100% joking."
Maybe it might be good to change your screen name to something that sounds just a little more Finn than that strange name you have so Englishman understands better:smash:
TLDR my response to the linked rating: