F1 racer Heikki Kovalainen and world rally legend Sebastien Loeb recently tried each other's cars. RICHARD ASHER went along to adjudicate
As the adage goes: if you can drive, you can drive. That was certainly the conclusion you had to reach after watching Renault Formula 1 racer Heikki Kovalainen and World Rally superstar Sebastien Loeb swap cars in France last week.
You'd like to think it would take them days and days of practice to get close to a benchmark time in an unfamiliar machine. But sadly for those of us who think that hard work is as powerful a force as talent, bravery and quick reactions, it didn't. After not a great deal of track and stage time over two days at Paul Ricard and a nearby gravel rally stage, each came astonishingly close to the other's best time.