Didn't he even have a test drive/race in an SAM Mercedes at one stage (Dubai or Oman somewhere?). Or maybe it was 2013... while he was contemplating Bugglies or something (after the RG Hummer ordeal?) In any case, he changes drives more often that any other driver... and that lack of consistency (between driver/team etc.) is part of the reason I don't see hime as a threat, till the day he commits to a team/they commit to him and they work on some longevity towards the goal. Dakar is not just a very long race; a gig that happens once a year... ... it's a year long gig, that happens just once every year.