As Sebastien Ogier continues to rail against his starting position, I found myself, at first, in agreement with Colin Clark’s view that it is a handicap system and that there is no place for it in the World Rally Championship.
However, if you consider the alternative of letting the best driver in the best car start in the most advantageous position on the road, surely you are effectively handicapping all the other drivers?
When it comes to starting position, rallying is never going to be a level playing field and maybe we should take note of F1, where the best driver in the best car starts at the front and consequently audience figures are in decline.
Oh and let’s not forget the power stage in Argentina; Ogier started around 10th and was well beaten.
Rob Henson Peterborough
Motorsport News, April 27