Hi all, sure this has been discussed before but I can't find it. Not really a TdF specific question either but quite relevant.
Why do the DS's do their own driving? Is it a control thing or "being in touch with the race" thing? I always see these guys driving along with a route map balanced on one leg, a pen in one hand and radio in the other, watching the TV on the dash, talking to the reporter in the back, passing bottles to riders and trying to drive the car in the caravan at the same time. Why do they do this? Seems like they'd be better off sitting in the passenger seat with a "control center" (laptop(s), TV, note pads, radios, cell phones, etc.) built around them barking orders at the poor sod in the left seat who's main job it is to drive the car. Sure seems like the driving part is a big distraction. It's worse than driving while eating a big-mac, sipping a triple venti no-whip almond-vanilla soy latte while applying lipstick and talking on the cell phone!