ben treston

Fire and Ice

The circus rolls into town again, and what a great start -
The WRC started 2011 in magnificent style with Rally Sweden getting a thick layer of snow, but more importantly a new layer of competition thanks to the new 1.6 litre turbo World Rally Cars. Both the new Fiesta and Citroen DS3 looked and sounded spectacular twitching on the ice (or what I was able to watch online at least).

-Rally-Sweden-2011_500

Mads Ostberg proved his talent with a brilliant drive, and it was great to see Mikko Hirvonen back on form again. The best result of all, was the results themselves! Seeing small gaps and fights up and down the field made for a great event, and this surely means great things for the future of the WRC now - if only people in the UK could see it.

Having just recently got back from filming the F1 testing in a warmer Barcelona, it was also good to see the pit and paddock back into action again for the new season. Red Bull looked very confident and rightly so, the car looking quick and the team with a very relaxed demeanour.

Red Bull in Barcelona

Surprisingly, most other teams seemed to be struggling, certainly McLaren and Mercedes. We interviewed Ross Brawn, and although he seemed confident, I am sure he was expecting more at this point. Lotus (the green one) was probably the most bubbly team in the paddock and it was good to see them enjoying their time at the test.

It looks to be a very interesting year, and yet I am far more excited about the new WRC regulations than the F1 - time for the underdog to come out of the shadows? I certainly hope so.