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GP Week : Issue 6
Letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org SO the inaugural GP2 Asia Series has been and gone in a flash. Five weekends, 10 races, the same insanity fans have come to expect from GP2… but what use has it ultimately been? GP2 has been extraordinarily successful in its three years to date. It has put no fewer than 16 drivers into Formula 1, amongst them Lewis Hamilton, Heikki Kovalainen, Nico Rosberg, Timo Glock and Kazuki Nakajima. It has enthralled and excited, and it has done so on a fraction of the budget of Formula 1. The GP2 Asia series seemed a good idea in principal. Take the now three- year old cars that would otherwise go on the scrap-heap, detune them slightly and take them racing in the emerging motorsport nations. Make a regulation that one driver in each team has to be of Asian descent, and in no time at all you’ve got an exportable version of one of the most successful single-make formulas of recent years. There is little doubt that a small element of its purpose was to pour salt in the eye of A1GP, but one would hope that deep down it was slightly more than that. One would hope that it has a future and that the powers-that- be wish to develop it and extend its reach. The sounds coming out of it are good. We hear that the 2009 series may even begin at the end of 2008, taking in the Chinese and maybe even Japanese Grands Prix. We hear that, true to form, it will have some stand-alone events to pull it through the winter in places such as Dubai and, potentially, Qatar, and that it will reconvene with F1 2009 in Bahrain and Malaysia again. But the series also has its problems. Take the ever-present reliability issues. This is a car which is now in its fourth season of competition. For it still to be having gearbox and engine problems when the cars themselves have already been detuned to cope with the increased temperatures found in the Middle East, is a dire o p in io n WiLL Buxton GPWeek Editor MichaEL Scott MotoGP Editor o p in io n Motorsport before self How can F1 President Mosley be so blind? The argument is less about whether people approve of his wierd lifestyle, and more about the fact that it is creating continued major embarrassment for one of the world's leading sporting bodies. The interests of the sport (and motoring organisations) around the world must come before the desire (bad choice of word!) of the President to insist that what he does in his own time is his own business. In this case, it is – that is until it became public and he the subject of world-wide ridicule. Mosley must stand aside – at least until the matter is discussed at the appropriate level. In any other major sporting body, it would have happened the next day. Malcolm Matheson Cambride, UK F1 through rose-tinted glasses A question for Spanish TV viewers: are your commentary team as one-dimensional as ours appear to be? Is Fernando Alonso a mistake-free zone, as the ITV crew would have us think about Lewis Hamilton? I have to admit I was surprised that someone as experienced as Martin Brundle would go down the 'did Alonso brake-test our hero' path when the replays clearly indicated an error of judgement by Hamilton. who, in case no-one noticed, was the overtaking driver and thus liable to complete it safely – without running into the car in front! Overall. the ITV crew needs to 'get over' Hamilton, provide some unbiased commentary, and bear in mind that their words are carried to countries other than their own – including Australia. Daniel Price email@example.com Tell me why ... he likes Mondays Congrats on launching a terrific addition to the motorsport media. As a fan of all three of the worldwide catgories you have chosen to concentrate on, Monday morning is now to be looked forward to, to see what a group of intelligent journalists make of the weekend. Matthew Allen Illinois, USA WITH the GP of China coming up in just three weeks, and the round-the- world Olympic Torch parade already turning into the century’s worst PR disaster (Heathrow’s Terminal Five notwithstanding), the question had to be asked: just how will MotoGP riders respond to the surge in protests, when they line up on the Shanghai grid for round four of the World Championship? Loris Capirossi found himself in the firing line, at the pre-event press conference in Estoril. Speaking from the heart, Capirossi expressed “100 percent support for the people of Tibet”. Asked if he’d be waving a ‘Free Tibet’ flag on the grid, he was equivocal: “Maybe it’s dangerous to do that … but for sure China is too strong. Maybe we do something … maybe we do something.” Then it was Rossi’s turn. “For sure,” he said (the words with which he prefaces almost every reply, true or false); “for sure, also for me is the same”. Being much more famous than Capirossi, his was the remark picked up by The Times, with the Saturday headline: “Rossi ready to make Tibet protest in China”. 16