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GP Week : Issue 4
OK in the USA Having been a faithful reader for some time now of 'Motorsport eNews and now of GPWEEK, I felt compelled to write to both magazines and say: Thank you! Both magazines stand above the crowd in terms of concise, accurate coverage – with mega photography! I've shared the links to both mags with many of my friends and will continue to do so. If I had a request it would be … to not change a thing – in either mag! Kevin York http://yorkmotorsport.com Charlotte (NC) USA Atko has a point! Please explain: Kimi has an engine problem and DNFs at Melbourne, but is classified a finisher in eighth and scores a point. Ferrari give him a new engine. How come he didn't get a 10- place grid penalty in Malaysia? This is ridiculous and none of the commentators in Malaysia seem to have picked it up – neither did you! That point could be critical at the end of the year … and BMW could have had their first win. Please help me on this one. Is it simply Ferrari making the rules again? GPWeek is just wonderful. A brilliant idea and such a treat to read the full story on a Monday. Just what was needed here in South Africa. John Atkins firstname.lastname@example.org ED: An interesting question John, and one which, you're right, we failed to pick up. As I understand the regulations, Kimi didn't see the chequered flag in Australia and therefore qualified for a new engine, despite the fact that the level of attrition was so high that when everything paned out, he was classified 8th. Regardless, however, 2008 regulations give each driver one 'free' engine change per season where no penalty is handed down. Even if Kimi's engine change had been made within the time frame allotted within the penalty window, as his first of the season he would have been given no grid demotion. Change for change's sake? Love your work. GPWeek is something very refreshing for us bike heads. Can Michael Scott explain why 250cc GP racing has to change its formula – be it to production engines, or whatever. Is itr just change for change's sake – why change something that clearly isn't broken. 250 racing, as it is currently, is brilliant. Roger Clements Barnsley, UK – email provided Letters email us at email@example.com NOBODY likes to admit they’re wrong. I’m a prime example. Just ask my wife. Racing drivers however take this notion to another level entirely. There is something inherent within the brain of every racing driver regardless of success, nationality, formula or age. A single-minded certainty that no matter what else happens, they do not make mistakes. Ever. And yet, there are times when a modicum of humility is called for. Yes, I know… humility and racing drivers. They’re not what one would term as the most comfortable of bedfellows. Some term it arrogance. Others claim it is just sheer unabashed self-belief. WHILE all concerned appear set to support a ‘turbo’ addition when WRC switches to an S2000-based formula, the teams and the FIA appear to be coming at it from different directions and for different reasons. There were similar impassioned pleas for the status quo when Group B was suddenly banned at the end of 1986. Group A was going to be “the end of the sport” as it was known and loved, yet within five years Group A cars were quicker than its predecessors had been. Is the rush to turbos a similar knee-jerk reaction? Nobuhiro Tajima of Suzuki: “The top category of the sport must be exciting for the spectators. “This requires a certain performance of the engine. The turbo ensures that we have this performance.” Shigeo Sugaya, Subaru's Manufacturer Principle supports the use of turbochargers for a variety of reasons: Using a turbocharger is an easier and cheaper method of extracting more power; the WRC is a top- flight formula and thus the cars need to be powerful and spectacular; using a turbocharger allows engine size to be smaller whilst keeping power high, and means that CO2 emissions are lower (increasingly important in road car markets) and: with a turbocharger, it is easier o p in io n WiLL Buxton GPWeek Editor MArtin HoLMEs rallies Editor o p in io n 18