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GP Week : Issue 4
for the FIA to use inlet restrictors to limit maximum power, as they currently do. Ford's Competition Director Mark Deans, emphasizes an ecological position: “It is important for Ford from a marketing and communications perspective that, as we look to the future, the sport continues to utilise turbocharged engines. These maximise efficiency and, more importantly, reduce emissions. “This is the technology that we anticipate our road cars will adopt." It cannot always be said, but on this occasion the people showing the best logic in all this are the FIA. It is clear that the motor industry as a whole is moving towards smaller engines with turbochargers and thus the turbo option will more than likely pave the way for continued manufacturer support of the championship in the years to come. GPWEEK OPINION >> Whatever it is, it’s doing Felipe Massa no good whatsoever. Two races down, and two almighty cock-ups from the diminutive Brazilian have left Felipe looking silly, the team feeling embarrassed, and the media dipping into their inkwells to hype his imminent replacement by Fernando Alonso. But it needn’t have been like this. In Australia, having threatened to kick “three colours of shit” out of him, David Coulthard nevertheless backtracked and gave Massa a chance to apologise for taking him out of the race. But when the duo were sat together in the FIA press conference a matter of days later in Malaysia, no word of apology was forthcoming. Then the Malaysian Grand Prix. Massa, on for an easy second place, bins it. But what’s that we hear? No word of apology from the Brazilian? No admission of guilt? No. Simply a quote that the team was investigating whether something was wrong with the car… Well yes, there was. It was being driven too fast through the corner, the rear end stepped out and the driver couldn’t get it under control without traction control to help him out. That’s what was wrong with the car Felipe, and it didn’t take a factory full of techies to work it out. Now I’m not having a pop for the sake of it and I’m not trying to belittle Massa. But there comes a point at which every man needs to put his hands up and admit responsibility for his actions. A simple, “Sorry guys, I screwed up,” in either Australia or Malaysia might well have led to a more sympathetic press than that which he is currently getting from a media centre and a fanbase who are tired of mistakes and excuses. With a hungry Alonso salivating over the prospect of his Ferrari seat, a little humility from the Brazilian might serve to go a long way to healing relations with his paymasters back in Italy. Don’t forget, the season’s only just begun, Felipe. It takes a big man to stand up for himself. But an even bigger man to admit he was wrong. 19