Thursday, May 3, 2012

Round 4 Power Rankings: Drivers

Here are the power rankings following round four at Sao Paulo. Number next to driver represents change in rankings based off of last rankings:

Biggest Movers: Dario Franchitti, Charlie Kimball, Oriol Servia, and Ed Carpenter (+4)
Biggest Loser: Mike Conway (-6)

The old Will Power jump + Johnny B. Goode = This? ^^

1. Will Power 0
It was a tough decision putting Will at the #1 spot..... Psych. He's won 75% of the races so far.

2. James Hinchcliffe +2
Hinch is 1/2 drivers who have finished in the top-ten every race. The other? ^ ^ ^

3. Helio Castroneves 0
Helio did a fantastic job of bouncing back after a horrendous qualifying. The class of the Brazilians in the field.

4. Ryan Hunter-Reay +2
Another solid race by Ryan Hunter-Reay. He almost got Will on the last restart, it was exciting to watch! Hunter-Reay has a legitimate shot to win multiple races this season.

5. Takuma Sato +2
Takuma did a great job starting last and finishing third! And it was great to see the emotion come out after the race. He really wants to win, and at this rate, it will happen.

6. Simon Pagenaud -4
Not Simon's best race, and now he's off to Indy for the first time with the defending pole sitting team behind him. I think he will do just find as he's in great hands. He didn't go back mainly because of his performance, but because others around him did fantastic.

7. Scott Dixon -2
Is it just me, or since winning the title in '08, Scott has been in the wrong place at the wrong time in a lot of races, getting taken out at no fault of his own?

8. JR Hildebrand +2
JR does another superb behind the wheel of the National Guard car. Lots of momentum heading back to Indy, hopefully he does one better than last year.

9. Justin Wilson +2
Good pace, bad luck.

10. Dario Franchitti +4
Hey, Dario finally had a good race! And this was after getting screwed on a restart by Conway, but then bounced back to a P5 finish. Is the old Dario back?

11. Rubens Barrichello +1
He keeps improving, and that's all we can ask for.

12. Tony Kanaan -4
Sucks getting screwed by the restart. I just hope he can put his face next to Lionheart's on the Borg Warner.

13.Ryan Briscoe -4
It's the one next to the gas Kevin.

14. Charlie Kimball +4
I LOVE the new and aggressive Charlie Kimball (no homo).

15. Graham Rahal -2
I think he needs to do some more ass kissing so his car can get restarted first, he was one of the last ones to get restarted on the restart.

16. Josef Newgarden -1
Super fast again, but again, gets screwed. Simona forgot which one was the brake and completely destroyed Josef. But hey, he ran the fastest lap in the race.

17. EJ Viso +3
Solid race by the Venezuelan Badger, heading the KV stable.

18. Oriol Servia +4
Highest finishing Lotus in P11, and now will have a non-Lotus engine. A win-win.

19. Marco Andretti -3
My thoughts on him can't fit this area, so I wrote a blog on it. It will be published soon (Easter egg, hope you guys are paying attention :)

20. James Jakes -1
Decent race for Jakes, and it looks like he'll be in the field for his first 500. Hoping he records a lot of laps and has a solid race.

21. Ed Carpenter +4
Nice race by Ed! Got screwed by Bia, but he still impressed! Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

22. Sebastien Bourdais -1
Sorry SeaBass. You are in a Lotus so I can't expect a lot out of you.

23. Mike Conway -6
I have no idea what the hell Conway was doing on the restart where he hit Dario, and also on the restart where he hit the wall and stacked up everyone behind him.

24. Alex Tagliani -1
I know what Tags is thinking, "Thank God it's (Lotus) over!"

25. Simona de Silvestro -1
Slow and she took cars out... I mean, at least Legge stays out of the way.

26. Katherine Legge 0
I saw her on the cover of a Magazine this week.... Are you for real? I guess sucking gets you on the cover of things these days.


Let me know what you all think.

-Matthew Hickey

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