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  • GRAHAM J GRAHAM J Jan 2, 2008 00:56 Flag

    Scandinavian Drivers Best?

    I have a theory as to why Scandinavian drivers are so good at motor sports.....

    It's got to be all that snow and ice they get to drive on for most of the year, they develop a "seat of the pants" ability to sense what's going on with their cars....

    No traction control, I think no problem for these guys...

    Any other ideas?

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    • Scandinavian?

      Haven't seen a too many Swedish drivers in the F1? Or Norwegian? How about those Danes then?

      Just admit it. You are trying to say that Finnish drivers are the best...

    • No way! For sure!

    • and know how to drink - and drink - and drink - and drink - and drink (when not driving.) Having one's sense of balance perpetually challenged must be some help.

    • and it doesn't hurt that their all tall,blonde,suave and cool

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      • Well speaking as a Finn by birth (although I now live in Switzerland) I can assure you I'm neither blonde (no hair now - but brown when I had some), suave (rather plump these days) or cool (well perhaps as much as the next 50 yo man). My wife is blonde and cool - but also British :-))

        Scandanavian roads are really much better than you'd think - although our approach to winter driving is rather unique. We dont tend to treat our roads, rather we clear the soft snow off and drive on the packed down stuff underneath. We also ensure that our cars are properly equipped with snow chains and all weather tyres. In Finland you face a considerable fine for not having these in winter, and could go to prison if you caused an accident in a non winterised car. Also there are mandatory winter driving training sessions for novice drivers.

        The secret, if there is one, is that as a race we are very analytical, and very calm. We tend to work very hard to be the best we possibly can be at something. We make sure we have the right equipment to do the job well. If things go wrong we do not panic or get angry - we try to find out why and how we can do it better next time.

        Also we do not waste time on chit chat (is this the corrcet term without being rude?). We say what needs to be said and stop talking.

        In Finland we do not have many sporting heroes - so we are very proud of Kimi and Heiki.

        Oh yes and we only drink Vodka - which we steal from the Russians !!

      • Well speaking as a Finn by birth (although I now live in Switzerland) I can assure you I'm neither blonde (no hair now - but brown when I had some), suave (rather plump these days) or cool (well perhaps as much as the next 50 yo man). My wife is blonde and cool - but also British :-))

        Scandanavian roads are really much better than you'd think - although our approach to winter driving is rather unique. We dont tend to treat our roads, rather we clear the soft snow off and drive on the packed down stuff underneath. We also ensure that our cars are properly equipped with snow chains and all weather tyres. In Finland you face a considerable fine for not having these in winter, and could go to prison if you caused an accident in a non winterised car. Also there are mandatory winter driving training sessions for novice drivers.

        The secret, if there is one, is that as a race we are very analytical, and very calm. We tend to work very hard to be the best we possibly can be at something. We make sure we have the right equipment to do the job well. If things go wrong we do not panic or get angry - we try to find out why and how we can do it better next time.

        Also we do not waste time on chit chat (is this the corrcet term without being rude?). We say what needs to be said and stop talking.

        In Finland we do not have many sporting heroes - so we are very proud of Kimi and Heiki.

        Oh yes and we only drink Vodka - which we steal from the Russians !!

    • Living in a country where there are miles and miles of mostly empty country roads and hard winters is a definite advantage - the same goes for Austrians like Berger and Lauda, but I think mainly it's down to the fact that all Scandinavians are completely mental :-)

      As to traction control being banned it's going to come down to the drivers who have a smooth style and know how to save tyres, and know how to get the mechanics to set the car up and most especially make the engine "driveable".

      I think Alonso is probably one of the best at that at the moment - paddock is stunned by me heaping praise on Alonso:-) , and Kimi will be helped by Schumacher to get the car just right - paddock falls over in disbelief :-).
      I think both McLaren drivers will have to prove they can drive a difficult car - and it will be difficult, especially in the wet.
      As for BMW. I think they are electronic wizards and have two very underrated drivers and will be way up there.

    • I think you`re right, Graham - driving on ice/snow helps give them an edge.
      As to whether that makes them better with no TC, though, I don`t know.
      I reserve my judgement on whether no TC is a good thing or not. Half of me is inclined to think that`s it`s just to enhance the show for the prang-lovers.