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GP Week : Issue 3
Keep it green ... keep it NASCAR-free As an American F1 fan, and as someone in the magazine business, I say kudos to you for delivering all the wonderful news in a delightfully easy package. Layout, writing, format are all fantastic. Please keep it NASCAR-free. Please! A suggestion: Those of us with tired computer eyes would love it if we could magnify more than just once. A question: Is there somewhere past issues will be stored? Keep it up. Stefan Lombard (US) Managing Editor, Sports Car Market Magazine email@example.com ED: Past issues are stored within the system and are readily available by clicking on the ‘Archive’ button in the Toolbar at the base of this window. We (or rather our IT guru) can ‘tweak’ the degree of magnification – we’ll keep an eye on it! Not Happy Downunder I know this is an international F1 magazine, but does Bernie Ecclestone have any control over the people he sells the national TV rights to? I refer to Network Ten in Australia, who announced that their coverage would, at last, be live in 2008, but only on their new high-definition (free-to-air) channel 10HD. Come the weekend and – uh oh – the Malaysian Grand Prix was telecast on 10HD, FIVE hours delayed, while at the time of the race 10HD showed the same rubbish that was on its regular Ten channel. What happened? People such as myself who actually lashed out cash on the requirements to receive HD are, I expect, mightily pissed off. As I said at the start, does Mr Ecclestone have any weight in thbis situation? David McSweeney Ferntree Gully, (VIC) Australia Drivers being tested ... one too many It was suggested during pre-season testing, and now there is more evidence, in Melbourne and Malaysia – Felipe Massa does seem to have a problem without the electronic aids to help him. While this could turn into a personal disaster for the Brazilian, it is a clear sign that the reason for removing the electronic aids is a valid one; more pressure and input from the drivers, which is what F1 has needed for some time. However, Mr Massa (and a couple of others) looks to be in for a tough year, and it is likely the driver Silly Season could get off to an early start! David Morgan (UK) firstname.lastname@example.org Letters email us at email@example.com MOTOGP watched the opening F1 race with interest last weekend. The first ‘no- driver-aids’ GP had important echoes for two wheels. The electronics debate is raging in MotoGP, with Rossi a major voice pointing a finger at Stoner and what he calls “the traction-control generation”. The 800cc MotoGP bikes have become more like 250s than the old 990s and 500s, he opines, while rider aids like traction control reduce the differences between a good and an exceptional rider. Most importantly, all agree, electronics mean two things. They can save you from what might before have ended up in a crash; but if you make a mistake and lose time, it is much harder to make it up again. The F1 race in Melbourne illustrated the point. Without driver aids, errors were certainly punished. Drivers were spinning from the first corner. But (and Raikkonen is the case in point) an exceptional driver now has enough control handed back that he can recover from errors and still, potentially at least, secure a reasonable finish. MichaeL Scott MotoGP editor o p in io n 20