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GP Week : Issue 10
Letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Putting a damper on it Interesting that Renault would appear to be using technology that it agreed not to, or didn't understand fully when espionage was a hot topic last year. Maybe it's just that "everyone's using it now", or maybe the FIA has realised that they're all spying on each other (or maybe the FIA's busy with other matters), or maybe it's time to admit that ripping $50 million off McLaren last year was creating a massive mountain out of a very small molehill. In more ways than one, Mr Mosley is looking like yesterday's man. Michael Avingdon Massachussets, USA Good-time boy Have to agree with David Swann (UK) about the attitude difference between Formula 1 and MotoGP (GPWeek May 5). That was further emphasised for me by your talk with MotoGP rider John Hopkins. He may not yet be winning races, but the article conveys a guy out there just having a great time – but still taking his racing job very seriously. Matt Thompson Brisbane, Australia A little goes a long way Congratulations on GPWeek. I love the technology, the ease of reading, and the quality of writing and pictures. You're onto a winning formula. My question is, how can the World Rally Championship sustain itself, when there are really just six regular top cars now taking part? Considering that, they do a pretty gpd job of creating a TV show on it for every round. Bradley Penlington Hong Kong ED: Maybe that's why WRC is switching to a turbocharged S2000-based formula ... Top Job Okay, he might have had a few kilos less in fuel, just a few, but Hamilton's pass on Massa tonight (Sunday) was still th most positive thing I've seen in F1 this year. A champ in the making. Allan Cornleigh Bristol, UK FORMULA 1 is always on the lookout for something new and exciting – new regulations, new circuits, new technology… Right now the hot topic is KERS. New, yes. Exciting, not really. Admittedly the possibility that a marshal might get thrown 150 yards through the air by an 80kW electric shock was reason enough to draw concern, but those fears have been quickly allayed and so it is just another one of a batch of new modifications that we’ll see introduced probably without too much external evidence. But one thing Formula 1, and a large percentage of its paddock, does find interesting, is girls. Red Bull has a contest for pretty females at every race called Formula Unas… sort of a ‘Miss World’ for Formula 1 but without the inane questions about world peace and, thankfully, lacking the twinkly tiaras. It’s not exactly PC, but then again what is in Formula 1 these days? What if, though, the fairer sex played a more active role in F1? While the majority of press officers, hospitality staff and a large number of fellow media fall into that category, and without them the paddock would not operate, there hasn’t been a female driver for quite a few years now. It’s a topic that came up for discussion in Turkey as the IRL tried to qualify for the Indy 500 on a damp track. Danica Patrick has, this season, become the first woman to win an IRL race. In her youth, Danica raced against the likes of Jenson Button and Anthony Davidson in British Formula Ford. Those that were there say she wasn’t half bad, and if current form is anything to go by, she’s not lost any of that raw talent. What then of the chances of seeing a woman in an F1 seat? It’s a tantalising prospect, not least for the sport’s commercial brains who would pay big money to get a quick female driver into one of their cars. “I think it [Danica’s success] shows that it's possible for an extremely talented lady to be competitive in what is historically seen as a male environment, so it probably opens people's eyes to the possibility of that happening, yes,” Toyota’s John Howett told the press in Turkey. It was an opinion shared by Honda’s Ross Brawn, too. “We can all see the commercial attraction; how exciting it would be to have a female driver in Formula 1,” he admitted. “I think the key thing is that they can be competitive, because it would be a shame if, purely because they were a female driver, they got put in the car and couldn't compete properly. But if they can compete properly, absolutely, it would be great. “ I fully agree with what Ross has said,” Norbest Haug piped up. “We had a [female] winner in touring cars many years ago, 16 years ago, I think – with Ellen Lohr beating her team-mate Keke o p in io n WiLL Buxton GPWeek Editor 20