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NBA 2000/2001 season

2020.03.14 20:54 scphoenix13 NBA 2000/2001 season

NBA 2000/2001 season
NBA was cancelled last 12 march, and we don’t know exactly when it could return or it would finish this season. It was disgusting for more of us, but we couldn’t imagine how deep this sadness could penetrate inside us, it was late in the night and I tried to see the boxscore, and I could only see one word “POSTPONED”, and my heart broke in one million pieces, I won’t be able to watch a single game this month, no more night, friends and beers, only silence.
We don’t know how much news, a clip where Hezonja block the game winner of LeBron (wtf) or a discussion for the ROY, COY, MVP and anyone can say the same name we will lose, so my friend Charlie and I decided to win this battle to the fucking COVID-19, we decide to recreate the season NBA 2000/2001 (This year was selected randomly but the luck wish that we could see a tribute to Kobe Bryant too)
Now you are ready to go inside this personal time machine and you are going to live again this incredible year, rewatching old news, old discussion and old feelings.
Thank you for being with us in this travel, we could be in quarantine but basketball will link us.
(the song directly from NBA live 01) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK76GKkEc9o

Day 1: The Show must go on

Like a song of queen this show must start and for that, we need a little of context. The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2000/2001 season as the defending NBA champions, an unstoppable Shaquille O'Neal with 38 points per game, 17 rebounds per game and almost 3 blocks per game reach his first ring with the Lakers (First ring in 12 years for the franchise, when Magic Johnson still play with the purple and yellow jersey).
Kobe, Magic and Shaquille in the 2000 championship
The 2000 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2000 at the Target Center at Minneapolis. A lot of dreams for the franchise and the main characters of the game, the players. In the first pick the New Jersey Nets selects Kenyon Martin, a 22 years-old player, a new opportunity to create a legacy in a franchise which is in the shadow of the big New York Knicks. But a lot of journals agree in one point, this is probably the less potential class draft in the history, there are no remarkable players or players that could fix problem in the teams on the bottom of the table.
On the other hand, we could see the NBA players salaries for the incoming season, where centers govern the actual league:
Player Team Salary
1. Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves $19,600,000
2. Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers $19,285,000
3. Alonzo Mourning Miami Heat $16,879,000
4. Juwan Howard Washington Wizards $16,875,000
5. Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets $16,685,000
6. Karl Malone Utah Jazz $15,750,000
7. Dikembe Mutombo Philadelphia 76ers $14,422,000
8. Patrick Ewing Seattle SuperSonics $14,000,000
9. David Robinson San Antonio Spurs $13,196,000
10. Scottie Pippen Portland Trail Blazers $13,151,000
This summer, we could see plenty of trades and how many players change their jerseys:
  • The Miami Heat traded P.J. Brown, Rodney Buford, Tim James, Jamal Mashburn and Otis Thorpe to the Charlotte Hornets for Ricky Davis, Dale Ellis, Eddie Jones and Anthony Mason.
  • The San Antonio Spurs signed Raja Bell as a free agent.
  • The Utah Jazz signed John Starks as a free agent.
  • The Toronto Raptors traded Tracy McGrady to the Orlando Magic for a 2005 1st round draft pick.
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves signed Chauncey Billups as a free agent.
  • The Toronto Raptors signed Mark Jackson as a free agent.
  • In a 4-team trade, the Boston Celtics traded Dana Barros to the Dallas Mavericks; the Boston Celtics traded Danny Fortson to the Golden State Warriors; the Dallas Mavericks traded Robert Pack, Hot Rod Williams and cash to the Boston Celtics; the Dallas Mavericks traded Bruno Šundov to the Utah Jazz; the Golden State Warriors traded Bill Curley to the Dallas Mavericks; the Golden State Warriors traded Donyell Marshall to the Utah Jazz; the Utah Jazz traded a 2001 1st round draft pick to the Boston Celtics; the Utah Jazz traded Howard Eisley to the Dallas Mavericks; and the Utah Jazz traded Adam Keefe to the Golden State Warriors.
  • The Dallas Mavericks traded Cedric Ceballos, Eric Murdock and John Wallace to the Detroit Pistons for Christian Laettner and Terry Mills.
  • In a 3-team trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Shawn Kemp to the Portland Trail Blazers; the Miami Heat traded Chris Gatling, Clarence Weatherspoon and a 2001 1st round draft pick (Brendan Haywood was later selected) to the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Portland Trail Blazers traded Gary Grant to the Cleveland Cavaliers; and the Portland Trail Blazers traded Brian Grant to the Miami Heat.
  • The Indiana Pacers traded Dale Davis to the Portland Trail Blazers for Joe Kleine and Jermaine O'Neal.
  • The Portland Trail Blazers signed Will Perdue as a free agent.
  • The Indiana Pacers waived Chris Mullin, then he returns to Golden State Warriors.
  • In probably the most important trade, the Los Angeles Lakers traded Travis Knight, Glen Rice and a 2001 1st round draft pick to the New York Knicks; the New York Knicks traded Chris Dudley and a 2001 1st round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns; the New York Knicks traded Patrick Ewing to the Seattle SuperSonics; the Phoenix Suns traded Luc Longley to the New York Knicks; the Seattle SuperSonics traded Emanual Davis, Greg Foster, Horace Grant and Chuck Person to the Los Angeles Lakers; and the Seattle SuperSonics traded Lazaro Borrell, Vernon Maxwell, Vladimir Stepania, a 2001 2nd round draft pick, a 2001 2nd round draft pick ( and a 2002 1st round draft pick to the New York Knicks.
  • The New Jersey Nets signed Stephen Jackson as a free agent.
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves signed LaPhonso Ellis as a free agent.
  • Rik Smits retired from the Indiana Pacers.
Finally this season will be special for some curiosities:
  • We could see a new log in the Orland Magics and Phoenix Suns which try to create a new era in this new millennium.
  • The Grizzlies play their final season in Vancouver, British Columbia before relocating to Memphis, Tennessee for the following season leaving the Toronto Raptors being the only Canadian team left in the NBA.
  • Prior to the season, Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning announced that he suffered a kidney disorder and could miss the entire season. Mourning could require a kidney transplant.
And today, 31 October 2000 will start a new unforgettable season of the NBA in the Staples Center, where the Los Angeles Lakers receive Portland Trail Blazers, remembering the last Western Conference Finals. Enjoy this game:https://mega.nz/#F!31wD2aRS!y9sTsg-aXaP7Rrf3LdEC-g
Key: y9sTsg-aXaP7Rrf3LdEC-g
Boxscore: https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200010310POR.html

Day 2: Vince Carter vs Ray Allen Special

Today it's eighteen of November, the league is started and it's as wild as ever. Here we can see the standing and how Sixers it's the only unbeatable:
Conference Standings on 11/17
Tonight we will travel to the cold Canada to watch a Bucks (3-5) with a lot of problems which isn't able to be regular and obtain the win, being the second worst defense in the Eastern Conference, against a Toronto Raptors (4-4) with a Vince Carter in his best moment.
Vince Carter and Ray Allen in Sidney with the gold medal in the Olympic Games (2000/10/30 - Manny Millan for Sports Illustrated)
Two friends in the same way in two of the most important teams in the East, both winning gold medal in the Olympic Games 2000 and both being named as All Star last year for the first time in their careers. Here, we will analyze these two young promises, knowing without any doubt they will dominate this early decade:
Player (Season) Games Minutes Played per Game Points per Game Total Rebounds per Game Assists per Game
Ray Allen (1999/2000) 82 37.4 22.1 4.4 3.8
Ray Allen (2000/2001) 8 36.7 21.8 4.9 2.5
Vince Carter (1999/2000) 82 38.1 25.7 5.8 3.9
Vince Carter (2000/2001) 8 40.2 29.5 4.5 3.4
And now let's start this incredible game: https://mega.nz/#F!6lRjWKSD
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Boxscore: https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200011180TOR.html

Day 3: A new star has born

Tracy McGrady, the raw potential personified. He is one of the most skillful offense in the league, the type of player that can put up big numbers even when his man is playing outstanding defense, possesses a great first step, a nasty crossover, and tremendous lift on his jump shot.
Tracy McGrady against Charlotte on 8 November
This summer everything has changed for him when he crossed more 2 thousand of kilometers, a homecoming for the Florida native and a chance to escape the long shadow of Toronto teammate (and distant cousin) Vince Carter. Orlando Magic, in theory the perfect fit, without a superstar since the all-too-brief glory days of Shaq and Penny, Orlando was coming off a season in which 31-year-old Darrell Armstrong led the team in scoring. It wasn’t an awful team at all, they were a .500 team the last season, but with T-Mac this intrascendente days are over. His debut with Orlando jersey could not be better, 32 points, 12 rebounds and the win, this 21-years-old is demonstrated who isn’t just a good prospect, he is a reality in this league.
Conference Standings on 11/23
T-Mac has burst into the action with 22.5 points per game in 11 games but Magic haven’t discovered the way to win (4-8). So, tonight they have an incredible opportunity to knock on the door of the playoff with a winning in the Fleet Center in Massachusetts, again a poor Boston Celtics (5-6) with only two visible generators (Antoine Walker, 24-years-old and Paul Pierce, 23-years-old) and a Rick Pitino knocked for 2 consecutive years without playoff and his continuity in suspense.
Here this incredible battle for the regularity: https://mega.nz/#F!2gQTDIgY
Key: 9GDn4Zc4PYVQJGN2Alx2MA
Boxscore: https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200011240BOS.html

Day 4: Ode to update

“Old is always better” a mantra you have listened to in everywhere by everyone, but what does it means? Humans are in continuos evolution, new jobs, new friends, new partners but we are looking exactly the opposite, the so called “comfort zone”, a limit where we don’t have fears, worries or anxiety, only a feeling of peace. So it’s simple, if you are on your comfort zone, why should you change to the unknown? The answer is complex, but you need to update you every time because the other road is into the mediocrity.
Patrick Ewing arrived in New York City in 1985, a controversial first pick who changed the dynamics of an entire franchise. But in these fifteen years they haven’t win a title, a decadent historic. On the other hand, they have a great opportunity now to raise the Big Apple into the Olympus where they should never go out. The reality is that the project is over and they have to reset, they have to run away from the comfort zone instead of falling in the same old shadows of comfort.
Pat Ewing after a game in the Madison Square Garden
“The king is dead, long live the king!” Ewing has gone this summer, no regret, the old doesn’t have to be better, and the Knicks has the weapons to bomb this league, they only have to believe in their potential as the paradigm of city. They have to believe in this roster and step by step recover their glory.
Conference Standings on 12/03
In the Madison Square Garden, Knicks (11-7) will look for another win to find his own road into the glory, although the Los Angeles Clippers (5-13) need desperately a win. Here the full game: (https://mega.nz/#F!PlwhyCQY)
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Boxscore: https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200012040NYK.html

Day 5: Sideshow Bryant

Sideshow - a minor attraction at a larger event such as a circus, fair, music festival or similar. Since I was a kid I always observe Sideshow Bob with a special curiosity. Why is he always trying to kill Bart or clown Krusty? Now, I understand this feeling, undervalued, you try to do your best every night, but the show never will be yours, you are only a good potential in the shadows of a bigger main character.
Kobe Bryant in his apartment in 1997
Bryant is one of the most skillful player in this league, has everything to be the main dish, every spotlight following him across the stage, but there are not enough light in Hollywood, Los Angeles to illuminate Bryant’s ego. Like in a drama serie every night it appears the greatest, the unstoppable Shaquille O’Neal, snatching his shots, snatching his possession, snatching his light. But we are not talking just about a small sheep which will accept this role, Bryant has one of the most competitive minds, and since he arrived in Los Angeles with only 18-years-old, he knew his real position is with all NBA behind him, and Kobe, or the Lakers' leader in points, matured a lot since this not too far away day.
Player (This season) Games Minutes per game Points per game Rebounds per game Assists per game
Kobe Bryant 25 40.6 28.8 5.2 4.8
Shaquille O'Neal 23 39.9 25.5 13.2 4.0
Every effort has his recognition, and now Kobe is knocking on leading actor’s dressing room: “This is not yours anymore”.
Conference Standings on 12/16
In Air Canada Centre, Toronto we will see two contenders Los Angeles Lakers (16-9) vs Toronto Raptors (12-11). Which will fight more for the win? Here the match:(https://mega.nz/#F!HkpUCSTL)
Key: gVdg6lZy0fvDksjjhScImQ
Boxscore: (https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200012170TOR.html)

Day 6: Goodbye Little Moses

Born on 21st January 1963, in Lagos, Nigeria, Hakeem, formerly Akeem Olajuwon was a Professional NBA player for Houston Rockets. He is well known as one of the best centers to play in NBA so far. He has been the undisputed leader for Houston Rockets. He’s the first African in led one team to the title, Houston Rockets (first for franchise), He was considered a physical marvel starting in his days at the University of Houston, his aesthetic and productive play — highlighted by his Houston Rockets’ back-to-back NBA titles — earned him a place among the game’s best.
Olajuwon vs O'Neal in 1995 NBA Finals
But everything has an irremediable ending, and Olajuwon is at the end of his career. His footwork isn’t dominating the league anymore, he is slow and only the leader in the locker room, with Steve Francis (23 years old) like the promising point guard that could guide this team in this decade.
Conference Standings 20/12
We only could celebrate this successful career with an important game against the Los Angeles Lakers (18-9) at Houston Rockets (13-11): (https://mega.nz/#F!3hwiUYxB)
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Boxscore: https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200012210HOU.html

Day 7: Skinny G

Drafted No. 5 overall by the T-Wolves in 1995 out of Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, Illi., KG went on to become one of the game’s most accomplished big men. One could see 200 lbs and 7 feets and think immediately is a skinny player and should not jump directly from high school, but we are not talking about a coward. He is an agile and extremely aggressive 7-footer with excellent athleticism Incredibly fluid and coordinated for a player his size, able to run the floor and play like a guard at times, but still defend and rebound like a 7-footer.
Skinny G, 23-years-old, 3 times in all star game, All-NBA and All-Defensive (1st) last year, we are talking about the future of the NBA, and a reality now. So what could stop this highest-IQ player? His team, Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the worst franchise in all NBA.
1996, Marbury and Garnett playing pool
March 11, 1999, the beginning of the ending. Minnesota Timberwolves decide to trade Garnett’s friend, Stephon Marbury (21-years-old) for one pick draft and Terrell Brandon, one good player but not Marbury. We are talking about two player in the early twenty, friends, could dominate the decade 2000’s, but the worst franchise is planning totally different for Minneapolis city.
Conference Standings 12/25
Now we can see two teams in similar conditions, Toronto Raptors (14-13) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (15-13). Garnett vs Carter in Minnesota. (https://mega.nz/#F!DkgRUbwD)
Key: EmGkJFpvSHVMbcf78iyZUA
Boxscore: (https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200012260MIN.html)

Day 8: Miller for the three-pointer

One of the most underrated player, only 5 All Star, only 3 All-NBA, and Miller is 35 years old, time is counting against him and the Indiana Pacers. It seems like they achieved their peak last year with NBA Finals and they won’t be able again to catch this exploit.
Reggie Miller shouting a three-pointer after a match.
One generational player, I should talk about the greatest in one section, the line of three point. Since he caught be a starter, he has a 0.405 on 3-Point Field Goal Percentage in 5 attempts per game, nobody achieves these numbers. And I want to remember one special night for Miller when in a game 5 in 1994 against the Knicks he showed his best performance to the world. Game 5 confirmed Miller's status as the league's premier practitioner of the ancient art of jump shooting. Except for the free throws and one 15-foot field goal, none of Miller's shots came from closer to the basket than 19 feet. He made jumpers from both sides of the court, off the dribble and from behind screens, in heavy congestion and far from the madding crowd. One of his three-pointers was a what-the-hell heave from about 27 feet, but it was still a classic Miller jumper, arms extended above the head, elbow on the shooting arm (the right) slightly askew, eyes following the ball. (For the record, he did miss two of the 10 field goals he attempted in the period)
Conference Standings 01/04
Two teams in totally different points. On one hand, Sacramento Kings (21-8), a fresh leader in the west playing their best in a long time and for sure a contender in this decade. On the other hand, Indiana Pacers (14-19) , a decadent last-year-finalist of the NBA showing a poor level and for sure they should call to the update. Here this game: (https://mega.nz/#F!Kxo0Xa6D)
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Boxscore: (https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200101050SAC.html)

Day 9: All Star Special

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Each decade has provided fans with numerous memorable and entertaining All-Star moments celebrated over the weekend that unofficially kicks off a season’s final push toward the postseason. Now we are in the capital of USA to watch some skillful players:
3-Points Contest. The main outstanding tasks for many players. One difficult shot maybe we don't understand a lot yet, but some players were so skillful, like we talked yesterday, Reggie Miller, 3-times-winners: Larry Bird, Craig Hodges or the last 2 times winners Jeff Hornacek.
Reggie Miller in 1990's 3-Point Contest
Here we can see the players were selected for this magic moment:
Steve Nash Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks
Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks
Allan Houston New York Knicks
Pat Garrity Orlando Magic
Peja Stojakovic Sacramento Kings
Rashard Lewis Seattle Supersonics
Byron Russell Utah Jazz
Dunk Contest. Last year we could see Vince Carter dominate this contest as the greatest in all time. It's more than a simple contest, it's the moment all kids stare the television and watch a moment will stay in their retina.
Vince Carter winner 2000 dunk contest.
Here the players selected:
Baron Davis Charlotte Hornets
DeShawn Stevenson Utah Jazz
Desmond Mason Seattle Supersonics
Corey Maggette Los Angeles Clippers
Stromile Swift Vancouver Grizzlies
Jonathan Bender Indiana Pacers
Which players will make us forget the incredible Carter's dunks or the foolproof Hornacek? Here the answer to this question: (https://mega.nz/#F!P9REkQhA)
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Day 10: All Star Special 2

All Star Game have changed a lot in time, so we will talk about some remarkable moments:
The first All-Star Game in 1951. History was made in March 1951 when the NBA held its first All-Star Game, at the Boston Garden. As Richard Goldstein of The New York Times wrote in 2000, college basketball was left reeling from a point-shaving scandal in the early 1950s, so then-NBA publicity director Haskell Cohen suggested the league create an All-Star Game similar to the Major League Baseball exhibition as a way to attract interest for the Association’s stars. Over 10,000 people journeyed to the Garden to watch the East defeat the West, 111-94. Boston’s Ed Macauley was named MVP of that contest.
Red Auerbach’s ejections. Nobody has to wonder if Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach cared about winning NBA All-Star Games. Following his retirement as coach of the Boston Celtics, Auerbach made history as the only coach ever ejected from an All-Star contest for arguing with officials in 1967.
Magic Johnson comes back in 1992. Between November 1991 and Feb. 9, 1992, Magic Johnson twice stunned the world. That fall the five-time NBA champion announced he was HIV-positive, and, as a result, was retiring from the Association. Fans nevertheless voted Magic into that season’s All-Star Game , the last of his career, and he returned for the contest played in Orlando. Johnson stole the show, as he tallied 25 points and nine assists, both game highs. A buzzer-beating three-pointer he drained with under 15 seconds remaining brought the crowd to its feet and cemented his legacy as the game’s MVP.
The west roster is formed by:
Jason Kidd Phoenix Suns
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers
Chris Webber Sacramento Kings
Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs
Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Finley Dallas Mavericks
Gary Payton Seattle Supersonics
Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl Malone Utah Jazz
Antonio McDyess Denver Nuggets
Rasheed Wallace Portland Trail Blazers
David Robinson San Antonio Spurs
Vlade Divac Sacramento Kings

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The east roster is formed by:
Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers
Tracy McGrady Orlando Magic
Vince Carter Toronto Raptors
Grant Hill Orlando Magic
Alonzo Morning Miami Heats
Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks
Allan Houston New York Knicks
Stephon Marbury New Jersey Nets
Jerry Stackhouse Detroit Pistons
Anthony Mason Miami Heats
Glenn Robinson Milwaukee Bucks
Latrell Spewell New York Knicks
Antonio Davis Toronto Raptors
Dikembe Mutombo Atlanta Hawks
Theo Ratliff Philadelphia 76ers

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Here the full game: (https://mega.nz/#F!K5BgkACT)
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Boxscore:(https://www.basketball-reference.com/allstaNBA_2001.html)
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2017.11.16 11:47 TheStateOfIt Random Driver Highlight #15 -- Nelson Piquet Jr.

Yep, this took a while. Partially because I'm looking for a new job following my spell in the army, but also because rFactor 2 is so damn good.
(Note: I am not sponsored by rFactor 2, Studio 397 or ISI in any shape or form. rFactor 2 is seriously amazing. Buy it now)
Anyway, I was so caught up in rFactor 2 that I actually forgot the first driver I randomly generated. Whoops. Nevermind, my second roll of the dice, #603, probably provides for a more interesting story...

Nelson Piquet Jr.

STATISTICS
Years in F1: 2008-9
Teams Raced For: Renault
Entries: 28
Starts: 28
Podium Finishes: 1
Points: 19 (10 under 9-6-4-3-2-1 system for fair comparison with history)
Highest Finish: 2nd (2008 German Grand Prix)
Different series he has raced in: Eighteen. I'm not bullshitting you here. Eighteen.

Part 1: Which girl were you from?

Okay, that headline was a bit mean and unwarranted to poor Nelson Piquet Sr., but when you've had seven children to four different women, it's pretty much apt for the playboy attitude that the elder Piquet has lived with.
Anyway, to answer that above question, it was the second girl, Sylvia Tamsma, former girlfriend of Elio de Angelis, that gave birth to Nelson Angelo Piquet Jr. on July 25th, 1985, just a few miles away from the Hockenheimring. Who knows what was going on at Hockenheim around that time, especially because the German Grand Prix that year was held at the Nurburgring a week later, not Hockenheim. Just something I found odd.
Anyway, it didn't take long after Piquet Jr.'s birth for the family to split up, leaving Piquet Jr. to live with his mother in Monaco. Then Piquet Sr. had another child with another girl. Then he got back together with Tamsma. And had two children, Julia and Daniil Kvyat's girlfriend. And then split with Tamsma again.
You got all that? Good.
Following that second split, Piquet Jr. went to live with his father this time, particularly as his mother thought of Brazil as a better place to grow up than Monaco and that the younger Piquet can grow up to be a racing driver, just like his dad.
And so, not long after his massive Indy 500 crash, Piquet Sr. held off racing full-time to support his son's karting career from 1993 onwards. Piquet Jr. spent quite a while in karting, but when the time came for him to move up in 2001, his father founded a brand new team, Piquet Sports, for his son to compete in the upcoming Formula 3 Sudamericana season.
Despite missing the first four races of 2001, Piquet performed exceptionally, taking one win that year. But come 2002, Piquet Jr. was the star of the show. 13 wins out of 18. Whew, lad. It was hardly impressive given the standards of Formula 3 Sudamericana, but 13 wins in 18 is nothing to be sniffed at.
What has to be admired, though, was the way Nelson Piquet Jr. arrived onto the Formula Three scene in Great Britian. In his first season there, he notched up six wins on tracks he didn't even know, not to mention a credible second place at the Formula Three Masters event at Zandvoort. Following this up by winning the British Formula Three championship the following season, everyone was starting to believe that this guy truly is the new Nelson Piquet.
Well, duh. It's his son.

Part 2: Winner of a World Cup event

So, 2005 comes around, and Nelson Piquet Jr. is still being shadowed by hid dad, taking him to greater levels of motorsport, all while making sure he had a drive by promoting his Piquet Sports team alongside his son. Partnering with Hitech Racing, the relationship between the two teams was rocky at best, with Piquet Jr. having his most trying season in motorsport yet, with a win at Spa Francorchamps being his only high point of the season.
So, in the off-season, he tried something new: The World Cup
No, you dummy. Not the FIFA World Cup. Or rugby. Or Cricket.
The World Cup Of Motorsport, A1 Grand Prix.
This absolute gem of a racing series, probably still the best concept for a racing series I have ever seen alongside the Speedcar Series, had drivers representing their home nations throughout the season, scoring points for their respective countries. Holding a similar prestige to Formula E nowadays, the series featured a few relatively unknown drivers like Basil Shabaan, many a future prospect like Piquet Jr. himself but also showcased some old Formula One talent as well like Jos Verstappen, father of Max, and Alex Yoong.
With the first race at Brands Hatch being shown to a worldwide audience, Piquet Jr. went ahead and showed himself to the world as the rightful heir to the Piquet name by taking pole, setting fastest lap, leading every lap in the sprint race and winning both races in that first event at Brand Hatch. Though it would be Team France that would dominate that first season and take home the World Cup of Motorsport, Piquet held his own until he was called back to GP2 duties for 2006...
HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER!. A British prospect everybody is drooling over. Handpicked by McLaren from young. Everybody is saying he is the future. He is Lewis Hamilton.
2006 was going to be a tough title fight for Piquet Jr. He'd taken the championship in the second season of every series he ran in, but now was a different challenge. Piquet Jr., like Hamilton, was Brazil's prospect, their next Senna, if not the next Barrichello.
Early in the season, Piquet got the jump by winning the first feature race of the season at Valencia, and jumped out to a early season lead after Imola. But then Hamilton won both races at the next weekend at the Nurburgring, followed by another double win at Silverstone, and the championship swung well into Hamilton's favour. The title seemed well out of Piquet's reach, but then he did the impossible.
At the Hungaroring, he sat on pole for the feature race, then took the win and the fastest lap in both the feature and sprint races, a performance reminiscent of his name-making moment at Brands in A1 Grand Prix. He took the maximum points possible from that event, a feat only replicated a few years later by a certain Nico Hulkenberg. This helped him close the gap right up to Hamilton heading to the final event at Monza, where Hamilton still eventually won out.
Piquet Jr. ended 2006 on a high note, winning the Mil Milhas (*1000 miles) Brasil alongside his dad and two other fellows in the car whose names escape me at this moment of time. This wasn't his first achievement in endurance racing, coming in fourth in his GT1 class during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
So, present day, Lewis Hamilton is a four-time champion in Formula One. Nelson Piquet Jr. only has one podium to his name.
So, what happened?
Flavio Briatore happened.

Part 3: Fever from the Flavio

Right. Flavio Briatore. Him. I don't know about this subreddit's general consensus on the guy, whether he should be lauded for guiding the careers of several drivers like Michael Schumacher, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso among other or disgraced for his constant arrests on cases of fraud, cheating throughout his Formula One career or that image of him in a thong. (You find that image for yourself, I'm too kind to burn your eyes like that)
Personally, researching into what he did for Piquet Jr., I think he is a piece of shit.
Seeing how Flavio managed drivers to relative levels of success in Formula One in the past, Nelson Piquet Sr. signed his son on with Flavio Briatore for a management contract from 2007 onwards. Big mistake. For the entirety of 2007, Nelson Piquet Jr. was stuck being Renault's test driver for the full year. Unlike other dedicated test drivers in the likes of Gary Paffett, Briatore didn't allow Piquet Jr. to race in any other racing series, forcing him to churn the whole year putting in endless miles for Renault.
In 2008, Piquet Jr. finally got the nod to enter Renault's Formula One squad, but even then the promotion felt like a backhanded compliment. Fernando Alonso, following his one-season stand with McLaren and his infamous rivalry with Lewis Hamilton, made the jump back home to Renault to avoid the toxic situation at McLaren. Following this, Flavio Briatore opted to let go of Heikki Kovalainen from Renault, fearful that the Finn might provide competition to Alonso throughout the course of the season.
So Piquet Jr. was brought in. Simply because he was slower than the other person in contention for Renault's no.2 seat.
That's a new way of being promoted to F1, based on your lack of pace.
And early in the season, Piquet Jr. did indeed have that absence of pace, racecraft, or anything to keep his car on the road. Three crashes after the first six races. Only popping into Q3 just once in those first few races, something Alonso did for every race bar one. After the first few races, Piquet Jr. lost all attention from Flavio and co. as a new rookie driver that needs development, simply treating him as just 'the other driver in the other car', as Nelsinho puts it himself.
The 'other driver' that would overtake Alonso in the final few laps of Renault's home race to score his first points.
The 'other driver' that went on to take Renault's first podium of the year in Germany.
Granted, that podium came down due to Renault getting real lucky with their one-stop pit strategy, pitting just before Tim O'Glock brought out the safety car, but still. Piquet Jr. acutally led the race until three laps to go, when Hamilton dove past on the inside, but Piquet still guided the car home to a wonderful second place, just miles away from his birthplace, 5 days before his 23rd birthday. This was the result that would surely put Piquet Jr. into Flavio's good books...
No, no, nope. Flavio still placed most of the team's back behind Fernando, releagting Piquet Jr. to a true no.2 driver role. Piquet's second half of the season after Germany was marginally better than the first half, with a good run to fourth in Fuji on a day where the Renaults were strong. His season was still littered with accidents though, especially one in Singapore where his accident brought out a perfectly timed safety car for his teammate, Fernando Alonso, gambling on a risky strategy, on Alonso's way to victory, Renault's first in 2008.
And then came 2009. Incredibly, despite talk that a certain Jean-Pierre Jabouille lookalike would replace Nelsinho, Renault retained him for the next year. And that's where Flavio's assholish tendencies came through.
He promised Piquet Jr. that his testing environment will be exactly the same as Alonso's, with the caveat that if Piquet didn't score 40% of Alonso's points, he would fire him at mid-season. Clearly, the pressure was on Nelsinho's shoulders, but it seemed like he could achieve 40% of Alonso's points by mid season. Right?
Yeah, nope. Piquet was limited to three days of dry weather testing, clocking 2000 kilometres. Alonso, who requested more time with the car to get used to the 2009 regulations, amassed nearly twice as much distance during pre-season testing. Likewise, Piquet often claimed all his tests were on hard tyres, heavy fuel loads and a barely rubbered in track, something that would have hampered his qualifying pace in a real track situation, as Alonso got optimal conditions for simulated qualifying runs.
Whether if it was down to the lack of testing or just disappointing driving, Piquet Jr. barely left a mark on the 2009 season, apart from being the first Formula One driver to join Twitter. Briatore was starting to come down hard on Piquet, with all the upgrades going Alonso's way through the course of the season. Still, performances like in China, spinning off several times and requiring several replacement nosecones, gave Briatore some excuse to ignore the Brazilian.
Come the Hungarian Grand Prix, the same race where his teammate worked a minor miracle and placed his Renault on pole, Nelson Piquet Jr. could only qualify 14th. After an anonymous race, Briatore fired him from the team, having scored zero points in 2009, replacing him with said Jean-Pierre Jabouille lookalike, Romain Grosjean.
Piquet Jr. definitely wasn't fast. He was quite a lot slower compared to his teammate. Yet he felt he wasn't given a fair share of the deal.
And he was gonna let the world know.

Part 4: Biting Back on Briatore

The way Formula One drivers are nowadays, they always seem to talk good about the team (save Fernando Alonso and his Honda engines...), praising the mechanics, showing face to the team boss.
Piquet Jr. was never like that.
Even before he left Renault, you could tell he hated the team, or at least Flavio Briatore. In April 2009, he caught up with F1Racing Magazine to answer questions directed at him from subscribers of the magazine. Apart from saying he liked the Valencia Street Circuit (the madman), spoon fights with mechanics, and denying a modelling career vehemently, Piquet Jr. saved his harshest criticisms to a certain Italian boss...
Did you ever think your contract might not be renewed for 2009? Gregory Haines, Spain
Piquet: "...I think I managed to do the best job I could. Still, having Flavio as a boss isn't easy."
Flavio Briatore: Always fair? Always supportive? Andy Beaux Bottomley, UK (GREAT NAME)
Piquet: "Not always. He can be really tough and you need to be able to ignore the right things, absorb the right things and be able to judge everything"
Eddie Irvine said being in Ferrari with Michael Schumacher was like being hit over the head with a cricket bat for four days. How would you describe it with Alonso? Richard Ralf, UK
Piquet: "Well, maybe a bit similar! It's very tough, yeah. I would say it was nearly that".
Yep, Piquet also didn't hold back anything when mentioning his teammate. Mind you, he was still with Renault at the time of this interview. So when he got fired, my goodness me did Piquet Jr. explode. He released quite a lengthy statement, blasting Flavio Briatore as his 'executioner'. Here's the link to the full statement that, well, is quite damning.
There was one question from that interview, though, that stuck out...
People say you crashed deliberately in Singapore. Was it team strategy? Mathieu Villeton, France
Piquet: "[Laughs] Yeah, I wanted to try and kill myself to help Fernando get a podium. I pushed hard and I spun. The team called Fernando in at the right moment. Shit happens to me and he gets lucky. Like in pre-season testing this year!"
He answered Mathieu's question while in Renault.
Now though, Nelson Piquet Jr. was fired. And he hated Briatore.
Time to prove that one guy, Mathieu Villeton, correct.
You all have probably heard of Crashgate by now. For those that haven't, you are living under a massive rock. Go ahead and read the full wiki page that covers this entire controversy, but if you want a quick TL;DR...
Singapore, 2008. Renault gives Alonso weird pit strategy. It needs a safety car to work. They ask Piquet Jr. to crash to bring out said safety car. He even PRACTISED the crash during the warm-up lap. Alonso pits, then Piquet crashes, and Alonso wins. Now Piquet Jr. is fired. He goes ahead and reveals all. Briatore tries to accuse him and his father for attempting to blackmail Renault into hiring him back into the squad for the season's end. Piquet Jr. hits them with a truth bomb: "Because I am telling the truth, I have nothing to fear..."
End result: Briatore and engineering director Pat Symonds leave Renault before getting banned from all motorsport involvement until 2011, with a further ban from F1 events until 2013. Could've been worse for Briatore, with his initial punishment being a ban for life on all motorsport activity. ING and Mutua Madrilena remove their sponsorship deals with Renault effectively. Piquet Jr. will never step into a Formula One car again, but at least he got the pleasure of seeing his 'executioner' punished for his involvement in the scenario.

Part 5: Ride Hopper

So what did Nelson Piquet Jr. get up to following his time in Formula One?
He made the simple, logical step to race in the Camping World Truck Series in NASCAR, obviously. And for a guy that raced single seaters for the majority of his life, he adapted quite well to pickup trucks. He was a constant frequenter of the top-10, and his 2012 season was doubly impressive, managing two wins and finishing in the top-10 on thirteen ocassions. That year, he also started a switch to the Nationwide series, winning one of his only outings that year at Road America in preparation for his full-time assault at the Nationwide series next year.
Unfortunately, his one full year at NASCAR's second tier wasn't remembered for his stellar drives or lack thereof. Instead, it's mostly remembered for Piquet Jr. imitating his father in the form of below-the-belt martial arts.
From there, his career went all sorts of directions. He made a few attempts at the Global Rallycross Championship, pulling a complete Scott Speed and actually being competitive off-road. He also had a very, very brief spell in both Indy Lights and Brazilian Stock Cars, managing one pole position in each series. He also attempted, earlier this year, to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Rebellion Racing, actually managing to come in third overall, second in LMP2 class. However, it seemed that fate wanted to bite Piquet Jr. in the ass one more time, as officials disqualified the car, making illegal modifications to the floor of the car in previous attempts to repair it.
Finally, Nelson Piquet Jr. was signed by NextEV Team China to drive for them in the new, all-electric motorsport series, Formula E. In his first season, he finally achieved something in the motorsport world. After representing his country in the World Cup, his battle with Hamilton all the chaos in Renault, Crashgate, his words for Flavio Briatore, fisticuffs, below-the-belt kicks and his rallycrossing phase, Nelson Piquet Jr. finally won his first international championship, beating Sebastien Buemi by a solitary point to be crowned Formula E's inaugural champion.
His two years afterwards in Formula E may not have been as spectacular, but that one Formula E title, I bet, was all worth it.
Yep, another one down. I actually had to dig right through my F1Racing Magazine archive for this, the one time those magazines had been useful in my life. I don't know if I've portrayed Piquet in too much of a positive light, given how I think he's very, very crash happy, but I think he deserves Piquet Jr. deserves a bit of sympathy at the very least.
Oh, and buy rFactor 2. Have I mentioned it's amazing yet? (Once again, I'm not sponsored, blah blah blah)
My Other Random Driver Highlights:
#1, Edgar Barth
#2, Ken Richardson
#3, Gerhard Mitter
#4, Chris Amon
#5, Leo Kinnunen
#6, Rikky von Opel
#7, Roberto Bussinello
#8, Charles de Tornaco
#9, Moisés Solana
#10, Boy Hayje
#11, Roy Salvadori
#12, Alberto Colombo
#13, Ken Downing
#14, Sebastian Vettel
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2017.11.16 11:26 TheStateOfIt Tiquest

Yep, this took a while. Partially because I'm looking for a new job following my spell in the army, but also because rFactor 2 is so damn good.
(Note: I am not sponsored by rFactor 2, Studio 397 or ISI in any shape or form. rFactor 2 is seriously amazing. Buy it now)
Anyway, I was so caught up in rFactor 2 that I actually forgot the first driver I randomly generated. Whoops. Nevermind, my second roll of the dice, #603, probably provides for a more interesting story...

Nelson Piquet Jr.

STATISTICS
Years in F1: 2008-9
Teams Raced For: Renault
Entries: 28
Starts: 28
Podium Finishes: 1
Points: 19 (10 under 9-6-4-3-2-1 system for fair comparison with history)
Highest Finish: 2nd (2008 German Grand Prix)
Different series he has raced in: Eighteen. I'm not bullshitting you here. Eighteen.

Part 1: Which girl were you from?

Okay, that headline was a bit mean and unwarranted to poor Nelson Piquet Sr., but when you've had seven children to four different women, it's pretty much apt for the playboy attitude that the elder Piquet has lived with.
Anyway, to answer that above question, it was the second girl, Sylvia Tamsma, former girlfriend of Elio de Angelis, that gave birth to Nelson Piquet Jr. on July 25th, 1985, just a few miles away from the Hockenheimring. Who knows what was going on at Hockenheim around that time, especially because the German Grand Prix that year was held at the Nurburgring a week later, not Hockenheim. Just something I found odd.
Anyway, it didn't take long after Piquet Jr.'s birth for the family to split up, leaving Piquet Jr. to live with his mother in Monaco. Then Piquet Sr. had another child with another girl. Then he got back together with Tamsma. And had two children, Julia and Daniil Kvyat's girlfriend. And then split with Tamsma again.
You got all that? Good.
Following that second split, Piquet Jr. went to live with his father this time, particularly as his mother thought of Brazil as a better place to grow up than Monaco and that the younger Piquet can grow up to be a racing driver, just like his dad.
And so, not long after his massive Indy 500 crash, Piquet Sr. held off racing full-time to support his son's karting career from 1993 onwards. Piquet Jr. spent quite a while in karting, but when the time came for him to move up in 2001, his father founded a brand new team, Piquet Sports, for his son to compete in the upcoming Formula 3 Sudamericana season.
Despite missing the first four races of 2001, Piquet performed exceptionally, taking one win that year. But come 2002, Piquet Jr. was the star of the show. 13 wins out of 18. Whew, lad. It was hardly impressive given the standards of Formula 3 Sudamericana, but 13 wins in 18 is nothing to be sniffed at.
What has to be admired, though, was the way Nelson Piquet Jr. arrived onto the Formula Three scene in Great Britian. In his first season there, he notched up six wins on tracks he didn't even know, not to mention a credible second place at the Formula Three Masters event at Zandvoort. Following this up by winning the British Formula Three championship the following season, everyone was starting to believe that this guy truly is the new Nelson Piquet.
Well, duh. It's his son.

Part 2: Winner of a World Cup event

So, 2005 comes around, and Nelson Piquet Jr. is still being shadowed by hid dad, taking him to greater levels of motorsport, all while making sure he had a drive by promoting his Piquet Sports team alongside his son. Partnering with Hitech Racing, the relationship between the two teams was rocky at best, with Piquet Jr. having his most trying season in motorsport yet, with a win at Spa Francorchamps being his only high point of the season.
So, in the off-season, he tried something new: The World Cup
No, you dummy. Not the FIFA World Cup. Or rugby. Or Cricket.
The World Cup Of Motorsport, A1 Grand Prix.
This absolute gem of a racing series, probably still the best concept for a racing series I have ever seen alongside the Speedcar Series, had drivers representing their home nations throughout the season, scoring points for their respective countries. Holding a similar prestige to Formula E nowadays, the series featured a few relatively unknown drivers like Basil Shabaan, many a future prospect like Piquet Jr. himself but also showcased some old Formula One talent as well like Jos Verstappen, father of Max, and Alex Yoong.
With the first race at Brands Hatch being shown to a worldwide audience, Piquet Jr. went ahead and showed himself to the world as the rightful heir to the Piquet name by taking pole, setting fastest lap, leading every lap in the sprint race and winning both races in that first event at Brand Hatch. Though it would be Team France that would dominate that first season and take home the World Cup of Motorsport, Piquet held his own until he was called back to GP2 duties for 2006...
HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER!. A British prospect everybody is drooling over. Handpicked by McLaren from young. Everybody is saying he is the future. He is Lewis Hamilton.
2006 was going to be a tough title fight for Piquet Jr. He'd taken the championship in the second season of every series he ran in, but now was a different challenge. Piquet Jr., like Hamilton, was Brazil's prospect, their next Senna, if not the next Barrichello.
Early in the season, Piquet got the jump by winning the first feature race of the season at Valencia, and jumped out to a early season lead after Imola. But then Hamilton won both races at the next weekend at the Nurburgring, followed by another double win at Silverstone, and the championship swung well into Hamilton's favour. The title seemed well out of Piquet's reach, but then he did the impossible.
At the Hungaroring, he sat on pole for the feature race, then took the win and the fastest lap in both the feature and sprint races, a performance reminiscent of his name-making moment at Brands in A1 Grand Prix. He took the maximum points possible from that event, a feat only replicated a few years later by a certain Nico Hulkenberg. This helped him close the gap right up to Hamilton heading to the final event at Monza, where Hamilton still eventually won out.
Piquet Jr. ended 2006 on a high note, winning the Mil Milhas (*1000 miles) Brasil alongside his dad and two other fellows in the car whose names escape me at this moment of time. This wasn't his first achievement in endurance racing, coming in fourth in his GT1 class during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
So, present day, Lewis Hamilton is a four-time champion in Formula One. Nelson Piquet Jr. only has one podium to his name.
So, what happened?
Flavio Briatore happened.

Part 3: Fever from the Flavio

Right. Flavio Briatore. Him. I don't know about this subreddit's general consensus on the guy, whether he should be lauded for guiding the careers of several drivers like Michael Schumacher, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso among other or disgraced for his constant arrests on cases of fraud, cheating throughout his Formula One career or that image of him in a thong. (You find that image for yourself, I'm too kind to burn your eyes like that)
Personally, researching into what he did for Piquet Jr., I think he is a piece of shit.
Seeing how Flavio managed drivers to relative levels of success in Formula One in the past, Nelson Piquet Sr. signed his son on with Flavio Briatore for a management contract from 2007 onwards. Big mistake. For the entirety of 2007, Nelson Piquet Jr. was stuck being Renault's test driver for the full year. Unlike other dedicated test drivers in the likes of Gary Paffett, Briatore didn't allow Piquet Jr. to race in any other racing series, forcing him to churn the whole year putting in endless miles for Renault.
In 2008, Piquet Jr. finally got the nod to enter Renault's Formula One squad, but even then the promotion felt like a backhanded compliment. Fernando Alonso, following his one-season stand with McLaren and his infamous rivalry with Lewis Hamilton, made the jump back home to Renault to avoid the toxic situation at McLaren. Following this, Flavio Briatore opted to let go of Heikki Kovalainen from Renault, fearful that the Finn might provide competition to Alonso throughout the course of the season.
So Piquet Jr. was brought in. Simply because he was slower than the other person in contention for Renault's no.2 seat.
That's a new way of being promoted to F1, based on your lack of pace.
And early in the season, Piquet Jr. did indeed have that absence of pace, racecraft, or anything to keep his car on the road. Three crashes after the first six races. Only popping into Q3 just once in those first few races, something Alonso did for every race bar one. After the first few races, Piquet Jr. lost all attention from Flavio and co. as a new rookie driver that needs development, simply treating him as just 'the other driver in the other car', as Nelsinho puts it himself.
The 'other driver' that would overtake Alonso in the final few laps of Renault's home race to score his first points.
The 'other driver' that went on to take Renault's first podium of the year in Germany.
Granted, that podium came down due to Renault getting real lucky with their one-stop pit strategy, pitting just before Tim O'Glock brought out the safety car, but still. Piquet Jr. acutally led the race until three laps to go, when Hamilton dove past on the inside, but still, it was the turnaround result for Piquet Jr. in Formula One, the one to carry him through the rest of the season...
No, no, nope. Flavio still placed most of the team's back behind Fernando, releagting Piquet Jr. to a true no.2 driver role. Piquet's second half of the season after Germany was marginally better than the first half, with a good run to fourth in Fuji on a day where the Renaults were strong. His season was still littered with accident though, especially one in Singapore where his accident brought out a perfectly timed safety car for his teammate, Fernando Alonso, gambling on a risky strategy, on Alonso's way to victory, Renault's first in 2008.
And then came 2009. Incredibly, despite talk that a certain Jean-Pierre Jabouille lookalike would replace Nelsinho, Renault retained him for the next year. And that's where Flavio's assholish tendencies came through.
He promised Piquet Jr. that his testing environment will be exactly the same as Alonso's, with the caveat that if Piquet didn't score 40% of Alonso's points, he would fire him at mid-season. Clearly, the pressure was on Nelsinho's shoulders, but it seemed like he could achieve 40% of Alonso's points by mid season. Right?
Yeah, nope. Piquet was limited to three days of dry weather testing, clocking 2000 kilometres. Alonso, who requested more time with the car to get used to the 2009 regulations, amassed nearly twice as much distance during pre-season testing. Likewise, Piquet often claimed all his tests were on hard tyres, heavy fuel loads and a barely rubbered in track, something that would have hampered his qualifying pace in a real track situation, as Alonso got optimal conditions for simulated qualifying runs.
Whether if it was down to the lack of testing or just driver talent, Piquet Jr. barely left a mark on the 2009 season, apart from being the first Formula One driver to join Twitter. Briatore was starting to come down hard on Piquet, with all the upgrades going Alonso's way through the course of the season. Still, performances like in China, spinning off several times and requiring several replacement nosecones, gave Briatore some excuse to ignore the Brazilian.
Come the Hungarian Grand Prix, the same race where his teammate worked a minor miracle and placed his Renault on pole, Nelson Piquet Jr. could only qualify 14th. After an anonymous race, Briatore fired him from the team, having scored zero points in 2009, replacing him with Romain Grosjean.
Piquet Jr. definitely wasn't fast. He was quite a lot slower compared to his teammate. Yet he felt he wasn't given a fair share of the deal.
And he was gonna let the world know.

Part 4: Biting Back on Briatore

The way Formula One drivers are nowadays, they always seem to talk good about the team (save Fernando Alonso and his Honda engines...), praising the mechanics, showing face to the team boss.
Piquet Jr. was never like that.
Even before he left Renault, you could tell he hated the team, or at least Flavio Briatore. In April 2009, he caught up with F1Racing Magazine to answer questions directed at him from subscribers of the magazine. Apart from saying he liked the Valencia Street Circuit (the madman), spoon fights with mechanics, and denying a modelling career vehemently, Piquet Jr. saved his harshest criticisms to a certain Italian boss...
Did you ever think your contract might not be renewed for 2009? Gregory Haines, Spain
Piquet: "...I think I managed to do the best job I could. Still, having Flavio as a boss isn't easy."
Flavio Briatore: Always fair? Always supportive? Andy Beaux Bottomley, UK (GREAT NAME)
Piquet: "Not always. He can be really tough and you need to be able to ignore the right things, absorb the right things and be able to judge everything"
Eddie Irvine said being in Ferrari with Michael Schumacher was like being hit over the head with a cricket bat for four days. How would you describe it with Alonso? Richard Ralf, UK
Piquet: "Well, maybe a bit similar! It's very tough, yeah. I would say it was nearly that".
Yep, Piquet also didn't hold back anything when mentioning his teammate. Mind you, he was still with Renault at the time of this interview. So when he got fired, my goodness me did Piquet Jr. explode. He released quite a lengthy statement, blasting Flavio Briatore as his 'executioner'. Here's the link to the full statement that, well, is quite damning.
There was one question from that interview, though, that stuck out...
People say you crashed deliberately in Singapore. Was it team strategy? Mathieu Villeton, France
Piquet: "[Laughs] Yeah, I wanted to try and kill myself to help Fernando get a podium. I pushed hard and I spun. The team called Fernando in at the right moment. Shit happens to me and he gets lucky. Like in pre-season testing this year!"
He answered Mathieu's question while in Renault.
Now though, Nelson Piquet Jr. was fired. And he hated Briatore.
Time to prove that one guy, Mathieu Villeton, correct.
You all have probably heard of Crashgate by now. For those that haven't, you are living under a massive rock. Go ahead and read the full wiki page that covers this entire controversy, but if you want a quick TL;DR...
Singapore, 2008. Renault gives Alonso weird pit strategy. It needs a safety car to work. They ask Piquet Jr. to crash to bring out said safety car. He even PRACTISED the crash during the warm-up lap. Alonso pits, then Piquet crashes, and Alonso wins. Now Piquet Jr. is fired. He goes ahead and reveals all. Briatore tries to accuse him and his father for attempting to blackmail Renault into hiring him back into the squad for the season's end. Piquet Jr. hits them with a truth bomb: "Because I am telling the truth, I have nothing to fear..."
End result: Briatore and engineering director Pat Symonds leave Renault before getting banned from all motorsport involvement until 2011, with a further ban from F1 events until 2013. Could've been worse for Briatore, with his initial punishment being a ban for life on all motorsport activity. ING and Mutua Madrilena remove their sponsorship deals with Renault effectively. Piquet Jr. will never step into a Formula One car again, but at least he got the pleasure of seeing his 'executioner' punished for his involvement in the scenario.

Part 5: Ride Hopper

So what did Nelson Piquet Jr. get up to following his time in Formula One?
He made the simple, logical step to race in the Camping World Truck Series in NASCAR, obviously. And for a guy that raced single seaters for the majority of his life, he adapted quite well to pickup trucks. He was a constant frequenter of the top-10, and his 2012 season was doubly impressive, managing two wins and finishing in the top-10 on thirteen ocassions. That year, he also started a switch to the Nationwide series, winning one of his only outings that year at Road America in preparation for his full-time assault at the Nationwide series next year.
Unfortunately, his one full year at NASCAR's second tier wasn't remembered for his stellar drives or lack thereof. Instead, it's mostly remembered for Piquet Jr. imitating his father in the form of below-the-belt martial arts.
From there, his career went all sorts of directions. He made a few attempts at the Global Rallycross Championship, pulling a complete Scott Speed and actually being competitive off-road. He also had a very, very brief spell in both Indy Lights and Brazilian Stock Cars, managing one pole position in each series. He also attempted, earlier this year, to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Rebellion Racing, actually managing to come in third overall, second in LMP2 class. However, it seemed that fate wanted to bite Piquet Jr. in the ass one more time, as officials disqualified the car, making illegal modifications to the floor of the car in previous attempts to repair it.
Finally, Nelson Piquet Jr. was signed by NextEV Team China to drive for them in the new, all-electric motorsport series, Formula E. In his first season, he finally achieved something in the motorsport world. After representing his country in the World Cup, his battle with Hamilton all the chaos in Renault, Crashgate, his words for Flavio Briatore, fisticuffs, below-the-belt kicks and his rallycrossing phase, Nelson Piquet Jr. finally won his first international championship, beating Sebastien Buemi by a solitary point to be crowned Formula E's inaugural champion.
His two years afterwards in Formula E may not have been as spectacular, but that one Formula E title, I bet, was all worth it.
Yep, another one down. I actually had to dig right through my F1Racing Magazine archive for this, the one time those magazines had been useful in my life. I don't know if I've portrayed Piquet in too much of a positive light, given how I think he's very, very crash happy, but I think he deserves Piquet Jr. deserves a bit of sympathy at the very least.
Oh, and buy rFactor 2. Have I mentioned it's amazing yet? (Once again, I'm not sponsored, blah blah blah)
My Other Random Driver Highlights:
#1, Edgar Barth
#2, Ken Richardson
#3, Gerhard Mitter
#4, Chris Amon
#5, Leo Kinnunen
#6, Rikky von Opel
#7, Roberto Bussinello
#8, Charles de Tornaco
#9, Moisés Solana
#10, Boy Hayje
#11, Roy Salvadori
#12, Alberto Colombo
#13, Ken Downing
#14, Sebastian Vettel
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2016.06.04 03:17 Waterpoloplayer12 Great Moments In Warrior History

So I just got an email from a friend with this awesome list. Apparently his comedian friend/die hard warrior fan has been posting some of his favorite warrior moments. It not my original content but I felt I had to post it. Reading through it makes me think about how vehemently Dub Nation defends this team. Our fan base is so passionate and the organization has put us through many trials and tribulations. It makes this historic run so much sweeter. I am going to continue to try enjoy >the moment< because we all know, nothing gold can stay. except of course for the blood in my heart. GO DUBS!!!!!!!

1 Great Moments In Warriors History: Don Nelson Brings A Bud Light To The Postgame Press Conference

"The more scotch I drink, the better the game plan gets." - Don Nelson, 2007
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdmDFJNnuA8

2 Great Moments In Warriors History: Mike Dunleavy Junior Gets A Standing Ovation

In 2001, the Warriors added Jason Richardson, Troy Murphy, and Gilbert Arenas in a single draft. Quite a collection of talent, and with the third pick in the 2002 draft, they had a great chance to add to their young nucleus. Instead, they picked Mike Dunleavy Junior.
Dunleavy had won a national title with Duke as a sophomore. He was tall, but too skinny to play forward. He was a great outside shooter in college, but didn't develop three-point range until his sixth year in the league. Mike's father was an NBA coach, so the Warriors were hoping his family pedigree would extend to the next generation. Mike Dunleavy Senior was a pretty disappointing NBA coach, so they weren't exactly wrong.
On March 23, 2005, MDJ finally won the affection of Warriors fans. After a terrible offensive foul call against him, Dunleavy lost his mind, screaming at the ref and earning a rare "flagrant technical," leading to his immediate ejection. One can only assume he suggested that the referee had sexual relations with his mother, or at least suggested that he should make love to himself. The ejection didn't stop the rampage, however. Dunleavy kept screaming at the ref, until the entire team interceded, and then he took his jersey off and flung it into the crowd. The arena rose at once to applaud.
That was the last time they'd cheer. Dunleavy signed a wildly unpopular contract extension that fall, and muddled through two more seasons in Oakland before being traded to Indiana. The Warriors immediately made the playoffs. Dunleavy eventually reached the postseason in 2011, nine years into his career, and lost 4-1 in the first round.
(Note: Newspaper reports indicate that two days after the ejection, Dunleavy lost thousands of dollars to Jason Richardson in a bet on the Duke-Michigan State NCAA tournament game.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOKsr4L9lh0

3 Great Moments In Warriors History: Chris Mills Fights The Blazers Bus

After Latrell Sprewell choked P.J. Carlesimo in December of 1997 (more on that another time), the Warriors attempted to void his contract. Spree won reinstatement on appeal after the season, though he was still out his 97-98 salary, which he's trying to recoup through Priceline commercials. A lockout delayed the NBA season until January of 1999, at which point Golden State traded Spree to the Knicks.
Usually when a team deals a superstar, they get young players or salary relief back. Or both! This was the Warriors, so they got 33-year-old John Starks, 38-year-old Terry Cummings, and 29-year-old Chris Mills - who had six seasons left on his $34 million deal. That's Jason Caffey money!
Mills was still on the team in December of 2002, when Portland came to town. This was the apex of the "Jail Blazers" era. Rasheed Wallace and Damon Stoudamire had just been arrested for marijuana possession. Bonzi Wells was suspended weeks earlier for spitting on Danny Ferry. And registered sex offender Ruben Patterson had been arrested for spousal abuse (he can also be seen celebrating with Kobe Bryant after his magical tip-in in a previous Great Moment). Somehow, Chris Mills was crazier than all of them that night.
The Warriors blew a late lead and Rasheed Wallace hit a buzzer-beater to win. Afterward, Wells and Mills started shoving. Wells threw a punch. Troy Murphy threw a punch. Fans threw plastic bottles at Sheed, and one fan got arrested after hitting him with gum. But Chris Mills was the angriest.
Just based on the amount of time they'd spent behind bars, this Portland squad was the worst possible team to brawl with. They also had Dale Davis, a young Zach Randolph, and Qyntel Woods, who was literally running a dogfighting ring at the time. Not only did Mills try to get into their locker room, he also parked his SUV in front of the Portland team bus. They couldn't leave, while Mills and his friends pounded on the windows and challenged the entire team to a fight.
Eventually the Oakland police had to restrain Mills, and the team bus went on its way. I can't find documentation online, but I've heard that Mills followed the bus to the airport - admittedly not that far from the Oakland Coliseum.
Mills remained on the Warriors for the rest of the year, then got traded three times in six months. He eventually did help a team to a title, when his salary was used as ballast in the deal that sent his nemesis, Rasheed Wallace, to the Detroit Pistons.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezv4GaXmjec&app=desktop

4 Great Moments in Warriors History: Elton Brand Destroys Three Franchises At Once

In 2007, Baron Davis led the Warriors to the playoffs for the first time in 13years, where they upset the top-seeded, 67-win Dallas Mavericks. In 2008, the Warriors won 48 games but missed the playoffs (they would have been the #4 seed in the East). Baron had $17 million coming to him in 2008-9, but he also had an opt-out. He and Chris Mullin reached an agreement on a three-year extension, but team president Robert Rowell vetoed the deal. So Baron became a free agent.
Down in Los Angeles, All-Star Elton Brand was also a free agent, though he said he'd take less money if it helped the Clippers add another star. He and Baron made a pact to play together in LA, Baron's home town. On July 6, 2008, Baron agreed to a five-year deal with the Clippers. On July 9, 2008, Brand agreed to a five-year deal with... the Philadelphia 76ers. Panicked, the Warriors signed former Clipper Corey Maggette to a five-year deal.
All three contracts were terrible. Elton Brand got hurt and missed most of his first year in Philly. He maxed out at 15 points per game, never made another All-Star team, and was eventually waived by Philadelphia, who began a four-year cycle of tanking.
Maggette hogged the ball, played terrible defense, and led the league in six-step traveling violations in Oakland, before being traded to Milwaukee two years later. In return, the Warriors received Charlie Bell, who achieved notoriety that fall for showing up drunk to a hearing in a DUI case. The team used its amnesty provision on Bell in a failed attempt to sign Tyson Chandler or DeAndre Jordan, which then required them to trade a first-round pick to dump Andris Biedrins' salary in 2013.
Davis was overweight and unhappy in LA. Two years into his deal, the Clippers nightmare racist owner, Donald Sterling, had begun regularly heckling him from his courtside seats. The frustrated Clippers finally gave up a first-round pick just to get rid of Baron's contract - which became the #1 pick in the draft, Kyrie Irving.Since this deal, all three teams have been sold.
On a positive note, Corey Maggette gave out thousands of Clippers tickets to underprivileged kids through his program, "Uh Oh Maggette-Os." This was a real thing!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN_ljDfevB0

5 Great Moments In Warriors History: The Intentionally Missed Free Throw Actually Works

As desperation gambits go, the intentionally missed free throw works about as often as the fake pickoff throw to third/real pickoff throw to first move in baseball. Yet one magical night in 1999, it actually worked. Against the Warriors.
It was the lockout-shortened 98-99 season. Chris Mullin and Latrell Sprewell had both been traded, and the Warriors starting backcourt was John Starks and Bimbo Coles. A 34-year-old Muggsy Bogues - still 5'3" - also played significant minutes. They were facing the mighty Los Angeles Lakers, one year away from their first Shaq-Kobe title.
Coles shot only 4-15, but his largest contribution came when he got into an altercation with Robert Horry in the second quarter. Shaq ran up and shoved Bimbo in the back, got his second technical of the game, and got ejected. The rattled Lakers had 17 first-half turnovers, and at one point, the Warriors led by 28 points.
In the second half, the Lakers made a furious comeback, but still trailed. Kobe hit a desperation three with 3.7 seconds left, but that only cut the lead to one. Bimbo hit both of his free throws and then the Warriors fouled Rice so he couldn't hit a game-tying three. The Lakers only chance was a play that never works: Make the first free throw, then miss the second on purpose and hope for the rebound. Even on the telecast, Lakers announcer Chick Hearn said "It's awfully hard to miss a free throw on purpose. Awfully hard."
Nothing is impossible when you're playing the Warriors. Rice missed, the ball went off to the right, and no one remembered to block out Kobe. In the words of Chick Hearn, "He slapped the ball from about 12 feet, and it went in the darn hole!" The Lakers went on to win in overtime.
This all happened on April 20, 1999, the same day as the Columbine massacre.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ai1J-xuxQU#t=8m41s

6 Great Moments in Warriors History: Tim Young Has A Great Time Out

The 1999-2000 Warriors were a profoundly depressing team. They were tough to watch, both because of their play and because of this ad, which ran at every single commercial break throughout the season.
It's inexplicable on many levels. There's a bunch of steel drums, which in 1999 indicated you were watching a Girls Gone Wild commercial. There's a fish eye lens, because, again, 1999, but it makes Antawn Jamison's smile look troubling. Adonal Foyle has maracas. Minutes leader Mookie Blaylock (currently incarcerated) is filmed in fast-motion, because he's 32 and not that quick. Donyell Marshall and Erick Dampier look embarrassed, especially when Dampier has to give Thunder the mascot a piggyback ride. And then there's Tim Young.
Young was a rookie center from Stanford. He played 137 total minutes that season, the only one in his NBA career. His baffling inclusion in this commercial can only be explained by, "We needed a white guy." Even in a grief glimpse of Young's dancing, you can see his footwork is a problem.
The pun did make a lot of sense. A time out may not be exciting, but it meant that for at least 20 seconds, you didn't have to watch the Warriors play basketball. Even Tim Young's dancing was better than that. The team finished 19-63, but Orlando had the Warriors' first-round pick, and took Mike Miller. Mike Miller just finished his 16th season in the NBA.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mTE6_5rYHU

7 Great Moments In Warriors History: The Jason Caffey Blockbuster

The Warriors selected Joe Smith with the first pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, so by midseason 1998, it was time to trade Joe Smith. They flipped him for two players who weren't going to re-sign, so the Warriors needed a new power forward. Someone with championship pedigree. Someone like Chicago Bulls backup Jason Caffey.
Scottie Pippen's agent had been very critical of the Bulls ownership all season. Pippen was crucial to the Bulls threepeat hopes, but Jason Caffey had the same agent. So even though Caffey had started five playoff games the previous year, the Bulls traded him away, purely out of spite.
The Warriors made a run to close the season that year, mainly because their 1998 pick was top-3 protected, and they needed to claw their way to the 4th-worst record. Caffey averaged almost 11 points per game down the stretch. After the season, the Warriors were terrified that he too would leave, so they signed Caffey to a 7-year, $35 million contract. It was like they'd gotten out of a long relationship, and immediately proposed to the first person they dated afterward. Unfortunately, though Caffey WAS a rebound, he couldn't rebound.
Caffey was traded to Milwaukee two years later, and went on to father 10 children with 8 different women. He filed for bankruptcy in 2008. The Warriors kept their pick and selected future Hall of Famer Vince Carter, then traded him away minutes later.
http://cbsnews1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/2000/02/06/c9cc3ad7-a642-11e2-a3f0-029118418759/thumbnail/620x350/8363c45a42575ed7d357d2f25d7e8c4e/image157474x.jpg

8 Great Moments In Warriors History: Rick Barry Is Publicly Racist

Many great players passed through the Warriors organization over the years - Wilt Chamberlain, Nate Thurmond, Hall of Famers Paul Arizin and Tom Gola. But the most emblematic Warrior of all time is the man who led them to their first title in Oakland, Rick Barry.
Barry won Rookie of the Year in his first season, and led the team to the NBA Finals in his second year. Since he was a Warrior, he then sat out the following season in a contract dispute, showing the team's new California fans that good things would never last. He led the team to an improbable championship in 1975, but in Game 7 of the 1976 Western Conference Finals, Barry got mad at his teammates and refused to shoot, and the Suns won the series.
(30 years later, Kobe Bryant delivered a homage to Barry, also refusing to shoot the ball in a Game 7 against the Suns.)
After his career, Barry specialized in announcing and casual racism. During the 1981 Finals, he told broadcast partner Bill Russell that he had a "watermelon grin" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg8kkzzHSTw). Barry got fired after that, but was still well regarded enough to work the 1988 dunk contest. When Michael Jordan took off for a jam, Barry turned on the racism.
"That's what I call the Chinese Superman dunk. He comes at it a little sideways, he's got some slant on it."
Why didn't this guy ever get a shot at an NBA coaching job??? Barry eventually returned to the Bay to host a depressing talk radio show, and later got booed off the court during Chris Mullin's jersey retirement.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pjhl1G1W-c

9 Great Moments In Warriors History: Chris Washburn Has A Career Night

In 1986, the Warriors drafted Chris Washburn with the first pick in the NBA Draft. One pick earlier, the Celtics selected Len Bias, who died of a cocaine overdose two days after the draft, yet arguably had a better pro career than Washburn.
Washburn battled knee soreness his rookie year and a dependence on painkillers, which led to a kidney infection. But on December 7, 1986, Washburn had a career night. He came off the bench against the Lakers to notch 17 points and 12 rebounds, even throwing in an assist and a steal. Finally, a glimpse of the potential he'd shown in college!
The Lakers won the game 132-100. Seven weeks later, Washburn checked into cocaine rehab. He played 72 games in his career, and was banned from the NBA for life in 1989. Next year, the Warriors used their first-round pick on Tellis Frank, who is most famous for working as an assistant coach in the WNBA.

10 Great Moments In Warriors History: The Chris Webber Era Is Ruined Before It Begins

On April 9, 1993, college "students" Chris Webber and Jason Kidd attended a Warriors game together. Webber had just finished his sophomore year at Michigan, Kidd his freshman year at Cal. They'd both starred in the recent NCAA Tournament. Kidd upset defending champion Duke, while Webber led his team to the championship game, which had been played three nights earlier. Of course, Michigan lost the title game when, with seconds remaining, Webber called a timeout his team didn't have.
At a commercial break, the Warriors showed Webber and Kidd on the scoreboard and everyone gave them an ovation. Everyone but Tim Hardaway.
Hardaway was injured but still sitting on the bench in street clothes. When Webber stood up and waved, Hardaway stood and gave Webber the "timeout" signal. Then he laughed and gave the timeout sign again. It had only been three days! Too soon, Timmy!
Later that summer, the Warriors would trade for Webber, giving up Penny Hardaway and three first-round picks. Unfortunately, Tim Hardaway tore his ACL that summer as well, missing Webber's entire rookie season. With Hardaway gone, and Webber already resenting him, Webber became close with Billy Owens and Latrell Sprewell instead. They won 50 games without their All-Star point guard. But next fall, when the Warriors traded Owens for Rony Seikaly, so Webber no longer had to play center, Webber demanded a trade.
The Warriors would miss the playoffs for the next 13 years.
(Source: http://www.upi.com/…/09/Webber-at-Warriors-g…/8061734328000/)

11 Great Moments In Warriors History: Patrick O'Bryant learns how to send a letter.

The Warriors drafted Patrick O'Bryant 9th overall in 2006. But there were some immediate problem signs. He had a poor work ethic, he had an undisclosed foot injury that left him in a boot, and he didn't quite have the basketball IQ they expected. Also he didn't know how to send a letter.
Teammate Troy Murphy commented, "I took him to talk with a mailman, he was just lost. He knew absolutely nothing about the post." O'Bryant was particularly frustrated trying to send packages: he couldn't keep the weight in check, and when sending things long-distance, he never understood the concept of a postal "zone." He even once scraped his car against the side of a mail truck, leading to a long tirade from Don Nelson about protecting the paint.
Thankfully, O'Bryant eventually learned how to send a letter, and continued mailing it in for the remainder of his career.
http://warriorsworld.bayareaballllc1.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/bryant.jpg

12 Great Moments In Warriors History: The Chris Porter Game

At the All-Star Break in 2001, the Warriors were 15-33. Bad, but not worst in the NBA bad. But then the Warriors turned on the suck, winning only two games the rest of the season. The only speed bump came on March 26, 2001. They'd beaten the Pistons two days earlier, then took the Knicks to overtime. They were five minutes away from a lottery-derailing two-game win streak.
Enter Chris Porter. He played a career-high 42 minutes, including the overtime period where the Warriors held the Knicks to only four points. But Porter ensured the Warriors would put the brake to the metal themselves, scoring only two points to pull out the clutch loss. The Warriors finished with the second-worst record in the NBA, but were jumped by three other teams - the most possible - in the draft lottery, and picked 5th.
Chris Porter was traded to the Charlotte Hornets after showing up three days late to rookie camp the following season. He then missed his flight to Charlotte and was released by the Hornets before he'd even left Oakland.

13 Great Moments in Warriors History: April 6, 2012.

The Warriors owe Utah a first-round pick if their pick falls outside the top 7. With just weeks remaining in the season, Golden State is only the 9th-worst team in basketball. And in a late-season game in Salt Lake City, despite starting Jeremy Tyler, the Warriors lead. That's when Mark Jackson puts in what pundits call the "Suicide Lineup."
Nate Robinson. Richard Jefferson. Brandon Rush. Dominic McGuire. And a terrified, hung over Andris Biedrins. With combination of turnovers, missed layups, and defensive laziness, they claw the Warriors back into premium draft position. In nearly six minutes, they make one single shot. Even a late scoring barrage from Klay Thompson isn't enough, as the Suicide Lineup snatches defeat from the jaws of victory, and the Warriors go on to keep their pick. Which in turn will allow them to pay Harrison Barnes $22 million per season after this summer
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2014.04.12 23:18 whatthefat In defense of Nick Heidfeld

Since there’s no race this weekend, I thought I’d put together another of my 'In defense of…' posts, where I examine the career of a driver that I consider significantly underrated. Some of you may have seen my previous posts on James Hunt, Elio de Angelis, and Heinz-Harald Frentzen during the off-season.
This time I wanted to focus on a more recent driver: Nick Heidfeld. Of all the drivers in the past decade, I consider Heidfeld the most underrated. In his 12-year career, he never won a race, and he never finished higher than 5th in the championship. At first glance, you might be tempted to lump him in with the likes of Kovalainen and Liuzzi – good enough to earn a place in the midfield, but not much more. Indeed, I occasionally see the name Nick Heidfeld used as a synonym for anonymous mediocrity. If you’re more generous, you might lump him in with the likes of Barrichello, Webber, and Coulthard – good enough to run near the front in the right car, but probably not quite champion material.
I consider Heidfeld better than all of those drivers. In fact, if I had to select the best driver to never win a grand prix in Formula 1 history, it would be either Chris Amon or Nick Heidfeld. Both drivers were stunningly talented, but perennially racing for the wrong teams at the wrong times. Below, I will make my argument for Heidfeld being one of the best drivers of his era by examining his achievements relative to his teammates.
Pre-2000:
Before getting to his Formula 1 career, it’s worth noting that Heidfeld had one of the strongest junior careers of any modern driver. He won German Formula Ford 1600 in his first season in single-seaters, then immediately won German Formula Ford 1800. He next moved into German Formula 3, finishing 3rd on debut (the champion that year was none other than Jarno Trulli in his second season of German Formula 3) and winning the title the following year.
In 1998, Heidfeld stepped up to Formula 3000, which was the highest rated feeder formula at that time. The season proved to be an absolute classic, with Heidfeld narrowly losing the title to a very feisty Juan Pablo Montoya. If you’re interested (and I highly recommend it), you can watch the very dramatic penultimate round of the season here. Heidfeld then won the 1999 championship in dominant fashion, scoring more points than the 2nd and 3rd placed finishers combined.
Based on the junior driver scoring metric I developed previously, Heidfeld scores 221 points. Junior career results are not always indicative of success in Formula 1 (Jan Magnussen is a good example), but there is a strong correlation. Heidfeld’s junior career had all the hallmarks of a future Formula 1 champion.
2000:
After time spent testing for McLaren and Prost, Heidfeld debuted for the Prost team in 2000 alongside Jean Alesi. Alesi was now in his 12th year of Formula 1, and probably slightly past his best, although he still thrashed Johnny Herbert in 1998. The 2000 Prost car was uncompetitive and scored no points, but Heidfeld and Alesi were closely matched by all other metrics. Alesi was ahead 9-7 in qualifying and the two drivers were equal 2-2 in races where neither driver suffered a mechanical DNF.
2001:
In 2001, Heidfeld joined Sauber alongside the inexperienced but highly-rated rookie Kimi Raikkonen, who was just two years out of go-karts. Across the year, the two drivers were closely matched. Heidfeld beat Raikkonen 10-7 in qualifying, 6-5 in races, and 12-9 in points, but Raikkonen suffered 5 mechanical DNFs to Heidfeld's 1, accounting for the points deficit.
2002:
Setting the tone for the rest of his career, Heidfeld was overlooked for a top seat in 2002. McLaren desperately needed to fill the hole left by Mika Hakkinen’s retirement. After considering both 2001 Sauber drivers, they chose Raikkonen, seeing a driver with enormous growth potential. Stuck in midfield purgatory like Hulkenberg today, Heidfeld was paired with another very talented rookie for 2002, Felipe Massa. Massa proved to be quick but crash-prone and Heidfeld beat him 11-5 in qualifying, 8-4 in races, and 7-4 in points.
2003:
While Massa took a year off to test for Ferrari, Heidfeld remained at Sauber alongside the veteran Heinz-Harald Frentzen (a driver who I rank among the best of his era). Frentzen took an impressive podium to outscore Heidfeld 13-6. However, in races where neither driver had a mechanical failure, Heidfeld actually beat Frentzen 6-2, and Heidfeld was ahead 10-7 in qualifying.
2004:
In 2004, Sauber returned Massa to a race seat, partnering him with Giancarlo Fisichella, whose stock was high after a breakthrough win for Jordan in 2003. At risk of losing his seat in Formula 1, Heidfeld moved at Jordan, who were now backmarkers. He was partnered with the rookie Giorgio Pantano. Many consider Pantano to be the greatest karter of all time – Nico Rosberg actually had a poster of him in his bedroom – but he was a less remarkable driver in single-seaters, struggling to get within a second of Heidfeld in most qualifying sessions. Across their time together, Heidfeld beat Pantano 11-3 in qualifying, 6-0 in races, and 2-0 in points
2005:
In 2005, the Williams team signed Nick Heidfeld and Mark Webber. For both drivers, this seemed like a potential breakthrough year. The Williams-BMW partnership had looked strong over the past couple of years and won the final race of 2004. Unfortunately, the 2005 Williams was a step in the wrong direction, and both drivers spent the year in midfield. Compounding Heidfeld’s woes, he was concussed in a testing accident, then collided with a motorcycle while bicycling, breaking his shoulder blade. As a result, he missed the last 5 races of the season.
Across the 14 rounds Heidfeld and Webber raced together, Webber was ahead 9-5 in qualifying (Webber actually outqualified every teammate he ever raced against, except Vettel who beat him 73-23). On race pace, Heidfeld proved quicker, beating Webber 6-4 in races where neither had a mechanical DNF and 28-24 in points. This was despite Heidfeld suffering 3 mechanical DNFs to Webber’s 1, with each mechanical DNF occurring in a potential points scoring position.
2006-2009:
In 2006, Heidfeld outperformed teammate Jacques Villeneuve at BMW Sauber (Heidfeld was behind 5-7 in qualifying, but ahead 6-2 in races and 13-7 in points), before Villeneuve was replaced by the rookie Robert Kubica.
Heidfeld and Kubica remained together for the next three years. By all measures they were extremely closely matched. The results were 29-28 to Kubica in qualifying, 25-24 to Heidfeld in races, and 150-137 to Heidfeld in points. Heidfeld finished ahead in the championship standings in 2007 and 2009.
2010-2011:
With BMW withdrawing from the sport, Heidfeld was left without a race seat for 2010, despite an impressive 2009 season in which he outscored Kubica 19-17, with many tipping Kubica as a future champion. Heidfeld made only a brief appearance for Sauber at the end of the season, before gaining a race seat for 2011 with Renault under unfortunate circumstances – when he was called to replace the severely injured Kubica. In 2011, Heidfeld was surprisingly outqualified by his teammate Vitaly Petrov 7-3, but held a small edge in races, finishing ahead 5-4 and leading 34-32 in points. He was dropped by the team before the end of the season, ending his Formula 1 career.
During his 12 years in Formula 1, Heidfeld raced alongside some of the era’s best talents, including Alesi, Villeneuve, Frentzen, Raikkonen, Massa, Webber, and Kubica. He had the advantage of facing some of these drivers as rookies or near the end of their careers, but could nevertheless boast that he was only once outscored by a teammate across their races together (Frentzen). Collectively, his teammates have scored 56 wins in Formula 1.
After a glittering junior career, Heidfeld’s Formula 1 career was led astray at several key stages. He narrowly missed out on a McLaren seat in 2002, joined Williams just as they began their appalling decline in 2005, and then was left sprawling when BMW’s attempt to conquer the sport nose-dived. In the right seat, Heidfeld would have been challenging for titles. His three podiums and a pole position in the miserable 2005 Williams demonstrated his ability to drag an underperforming car to the front. Instead, he finished his career with the modest record of 0 wins, 1 pole position, and 2 fastest laps.
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