The fight to topple Sebastian Vettel from his current number one status in the Castrol EDGE Rankings for motorsport recommences this week as the World Rally Championship welcomes the Monte Carlo Rally back into its fold after a four year absence.
The Castrol EDGE Rankings for motorsport is a rolling system that takes into account a driver’s performances over the past 12 months – to produce an authoritative comparison of the world’s best drivers.
Whether it’s F1, NASCAR, World Rally or IndyCar, motorsport fans around the globe can now compare their favourite drivers against each other on a weekly basis, and find the definitive answer to the question ‘Who is the best driver in the world?’
The Castrol EDGE Race for 2012 is not a rolling system. Instead, it runs from January 1 to December 31 and keeps a running check on scores achieved during the calendar year.
Updated every week, the EDGE Race for 2012 gives drivers the opportunity to put any past disappointments behind them and start from scratch in an attempt to be crowned driver of the year.
Leading the charge this week is Sebastien Loeb, a record eight-time champion in the WRC and a five-time winner of the world famous race. The Frenchman moved up to third in the Rankings, and came within 3,000 points of displacing Vettel at the top, following last year’s WRC season-opener in Sweden.
This year however, Loeb will start his bid for a ninth crown with his position as the top-ranked rally driver under threat. Crashes in Australia and Great Britain – and a mechanical retirement in his home rally of France – dropped him to an all-time low of ninth in the Rankings at the end of 2011.
Whether any of the WRC’s finest can challenge Vettel, however, remains a different proposition. If the German can match his 2011 form he could prove – as he did last year – to simply be unstoppable. Should such form slide, however, he will find a queue of drivers hoping to end his 22-month spell at the top of the Castrol EDGE Rankings.