Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Verbal Diarrhoea #10

"He had a bad reflex - he was Spanish so he drives on the other side of the road."
Claims Frenchman Sebastien Loeb, 2011 World Rally champion, who had a head-on collision with a road car.


Since Sebastien Loeb is French, perhaps he himself demonstrated a bad reflex because the French drive on the same side of the road as the Spanish.

Had both drivers demonstrated good reflexes according to how they normally drive, or had both drivers had bad reflexes, then the head-on collision would never have occurred!

So rally champion Loeb, what are you trying to say? Do you have good or bad reflexes?


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Reference

Loeb 'could not avoid' road collision (EuroSport news)

Sun, 13 Nov 11:36:00 2011

Sebastien Loeb said there was absolutely no way he could avoid the head-on collision with a road car that ended his participation in the Rally GB on the 18th stage in mid-Wales.

The Citroen driver, who clinched his eighth World Rally championship on Friday after rival Mikko Hirvonen retired, was running second behind Jari-Matti Latvala with five stages to go when he had the incident with a car that ended up on the wrong side of the road.

"Between the two stages on the road section in a very narrow part over a crest, the car came in front and I went to the side and he went to the wrong side," Loeb explained. "He had a bad reflex - he was Spanish so he drives on the other side of the road.

"We couldn't do anything so we just hit, not hard but the car was broken. When you have no water in the engine, you can't go anywhere.

"This is not the first time it's happened to me. It's bad luck sometimes."

He added that the other driver involved was full of remorse.

"The Spanish guy was crying," said Loeb, "he was not so happy."

Although Loeb had been keen to try and end the year with another victory even though the title was secure, he was sanguine about the incident, admitting that with the championship resolved he could be fairly relaxed.

"I prefer it now after the result of the championship," he said.

"For sure it was a good battle but like I said my main target here was to win the championship. That was done, so it was okay.

"It's the only rally where I didn't need some points so it's the best one to have like this."

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