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Who will get the wooden spoon ?
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Switching focus to the back of the grid ...
For the last few years, Minardi was viewed as the team that will always line-up at the back. Looking at the statistics though, they were officially classified last by the FIA once in the last 3 seasons. (In 2001 it was Minardi while in 2000 it was Prost and in 1999 it was BAR).
year Minardi look stronger than ever and with Mark Webber driving for them
they appear to be well positioned to score more points this season when
and if the opportunity arises.
Who do you think will get the wooden spoon in 2002 - Have Your Say (What others are saying)
Jaguar for sure. They bought an existing, up and coming team
and have turned it into the running joke of the paddock. Every time I see
people pouncing around in their merchandise I have a laugh!
I think BAR will get the wooden spoon - Andrew P - Australia
While I agree with Jeff that the annihilation of the field
at the first corner made the Melbourne result atypical the reality is that
teams which otherwise would not have picked up points did so. These points
(and particularly Minardi's two) almost guarantee them a position further up
the table than they would otherwise have enjoyed. As the season progresses the
top three teams will assert themselves and gain reliability. That means that
the pickings will become increasingly slim for the points that they (Ferrari,
Williams, McLaren) don't pick up. It would be reasonable to assume that at
best only 3 points per race will go to 'the rest'. With a clearly defined
stratification of a second tier of teams that means that Arrow's (Frentzen
notwithstanding) and perhaps even Toyota will not be likely to see another
points finish this season. With Sauber and Jordan likely to vacuum up the
lions share of the few points to be had even BAR and Renault may not get a
points finish in 2002.
Follow on comments:
I heard that Tom Walkinshaw bought the Prost GP team. If they compete this season, they' ll surely take the wooden spoon - Sorin - Romania
I don't think too many conclusions can be drawn from the Australian GP. With only 7 cars running at the finish, and most of them backmarkers, the results are a little off. If they can avoid another incident that takes out a large portion of the field, then Malaysia should give a much clearer picture of who Ferrari will be challenged by and who will be fighting for fourth on down - Jeff S - United States
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