A Dangerous Precedent?

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  • Alvin Kato

    I think this Ogier road sweeping nonsense has to stop. With every rally he is slipping from 1st to 2nd to 3rd and losing a spot. I am not a big Ogier fan, but I don’t see the essence of punishing excellence and rewarding mediocrity.

    Rather than blame the organizers, I’d still blame the FIA for their stupid rule change. If the road order on days 2 and 3 was based on event standings then Meeke and Citroen’s performance would n’t have mattered much honestly and we would have had a proper fight on our hands. As it stands, the ones at the bottom of the ladder get to enjoy at the expense of the leaders which means practically any hogwash team can come from nowhere and make a run for the win just because they have a better road position.

    Honestly I am starting to hate WRC after making a return from a decade long absence. This sport is not what it used to be and these stupid rules are n’t helping it at all!

  • FuchsrohreWRC

    The FiA were quite brazen about the rule change; it was to
    bring more excitement into the championship; which basically means trying to
    stop Ogier winning. This is wrong on so many levels. In a World Championship
    you don’t handicap teams/ drivers to stop them winning….it’s up the the other
    competitors to catch up.

    Ogier is proving how good he is by still picking up podiums –
    but has no chance against fast drivers running way down the order.

    The qualifying stage was probably the fairest way to decide
    running order – which is why it was dropped.

  • Gary Boyd

    Go to page 73 and read “I don’t fear going first” for an alternate viewpoint.
    The FIA rules are about a season long battle for a World Drivers title. The rule needs to be assessed on a season long application not a one rally impact.
    The leader of the championships main challengers are the drivers who are currently 2nd 3rd and 4th in the points standings. How much advantage/disadvantage is their to a driver who is just a few places away from you in road position.

    • Alvin Kato

      If Paddon has backed up his earlier comments by ending up on the podium on Sunday then I would have agreed that surely there is “no need to fear going first” but he crashed out and even by then he was still not as fast as Ogier or the drivers behind him in running order.
      Why even history attests to the folly of his statement because road sweeping is something rally drivers have been dodging, exchanging and avoiding for decades.
      There is a place for faith in every endeavor, but there is as much a need for logic in the same.

      To claim that the rule is inexcusable because the WRC is a season long challenge is an illogical statement, because this same “season” is composed of events, and if after 5 events the guy doing the road sweeping on gravel is slipping spots sequentially while the guys behind are gaining an edge on him gravel event by gravel event then what does that say about your assessment?

      Accordingly this “Relevant perspective is the leader of the championships main challengers are those drivers who are currently 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the points standings.” is not logically correct. The relevant perspective in motorsport is that: “the best driver wins” but under the same rules and regulations as every one else.

      At the same time why should the system reward mediocrity and punish excellence?

      Giving a leg up to people who can’t and don’t want to win, then punishing those who want to win because you are scared of them is that the definition of fair sportsmanship? Is that how you reward motivation?

      To answer this question: “How much advantage/disadvantage is there relative to a driver who is just a few places away from your road position ?” I’ll tell you to look at Portugal and how Andreas took over 2nd spot from Ogier. That’s what happens when you are first on the road, you lose a spot on each gravel rally.

  • Dar

    I can see pushing teams that only cherry-pick events to a higher running order but it seems it wouldn’t affect the championship much, if at all and that’s what it’s really all about. Winning a single event is likely “bucket list” type stuff for many of the WRC drivers but winning a Championship is still the ultimate goal. Ogier will make out just fine, as he has with the current running order rules. Hell, he’s still almost double the points total of Mikkelson (currently in the number two spot). I, and many other WRC fans, enjoy seeing other drivers win events. While the Seb’s are obviously talented drivers, it’s been BORING AS HELL seeing them top the podium for the past decade. Ogier will still win the Championship this year (unfortunately) and he’ll complain about any and everything on his way their. This is a non-issue, even if Ogier has something to say about it.

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