Julien Ingrassia: “WRC is not a lottery, or a track race!”
The common conclusion is – WRC could use some changes and perhaps a bit of a facelift, to make it more “TV friendly”, but to take things to extremes and suggest the odd ideas, such as the one about the final stage shootout is not going to take the sport to next level. Unless that level is below the current one.
So far, we’ve heard from drivers and team bosses, some were against the idea, such as Yves Matton and Mikko Hirvonen of Citroën, while some were open to work on this idea, such as Volkswagen boss Jost Capito. Yesterday, however, the award for best and most sincere evaluation of this idea went to Julien Ingrassia, well known and respected co-driver. Julien is currently leading the WRC standings with Sebastien Ogier in Volkswagen.
Julien spoke on his Facebook page, and also included brilliant “illustration”, showing just how farcical WRC could become, if some of the ideas are taken too literally.
Here’s what Julien wrote:
[quote]We are in 21st century and, with respect and open-mind, all can be said isn’t it ?
So, here is my own opinion, when I hear that choice of the starting position could be ,in the future, done by a lottery ; and also that the winner of a rally could be the one that wins the last stage… In this case we could also say : “the crew who win the last stage of the last rally, wins the Championship”, no ? :((
! WRC IS NOT A LOTTERY, WRC IS NOT A TRACK RACE !
WRC IS DOZENS OF PEOPLE WORKING TO CREATE THE MOST RELIABLE AND PERFORMANT CAR FOR A CREW THAT THEN, WILL DRIVE 160km/h IN LITTLE GRAVEL ROADS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TREES – WHERE CAN WE CONSIDERE THAT THIS IS A “GAME OF CHANCE” ?[/quote]
No further comment needed, and if you wish to express your opinion on the matter, head over to Julien’s Facebook page. If this man wasn’t your hero by now, perhaps this will change your mind.