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GP Week : Issue 13
Letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Two Scotsmen, an Englishman and a Brit Hi GPWeek. This year's Monaco was a terrific race (unlike the usual procession of cars putting the laps in). Maybe they should wet the track every year. Now while the racing was terrific, I felt I must write in response to the “Hamilton wins – with a puncture” article. I know that Scotland would rather not be considered as part of Great Britain, but looking at the list of past Monaco winners, the last driver from 'Great Britain' to win at Monaco was David Coulthard in 2000 and 2002 and not Graeme [er, shouldn't that be Graham?] Hill in 1969. Other than this minor error, please keep up the good work in reporting Formula One and Rallying. Doug Benson email@example.com ED: Doug, you're right – Scotland would rather not ... But yes, we meant 'English' ... Lensmen's secrets ... First of all thank you for a great e-magazine which brightens my Monday mornings here in Dubai and means I rarely get any work done for an hour. Long may you continue to produce it. As well as being great to read, the photography is superb and obviously the guys at Sutton Images are at the 'top of their game'. So as a keen but definitely amateur motorsport photographer could I please ask you to once again start publishing the camera / aperture / shutter speed information for the Parting Shot photo on the back pages of the magazine? Maybe Sutton have asked you not to give away their trade secrets but I know there are at least a dozen other settings to take into account to get these shots, not to mention the issue of the quality of lenses used and the access these guys have to rally stages and race circuits, so I don't think they have anything to fear from the enthusiastic amateurs like me! Tim Ansell firstname.lastname@example.org ED: It's not 'photographer's secrets', but very tight production schedules that beats us on that, but we'll see what we can do ... So here we are. The Extraordinary General Assembly of the FIA is upon us, and the Presidential fate of Max Mosley will be known within days… or at least, we hope it will. You see, what’s become painfully obvious in this whole debacle is that there really isn’t any real way of knowing what’s going to happen because the laws and statutes that govern the FIA are so confusing and, from a practical point of view, ultimately useless at times such as these. The last two months have seen more column inches written about the President of the FIA and his sexual fetishes than the sport over which he presides. If nothing else, hopefully the EGA will draw a line underneath this topic of conversation and allow us all to move on. The EGA will basically be a forum for Mosley to explain himself to his peers. In it, he will face a vote of no-confidence. He will either win or lose this vote by a simple majority of 50% plus one vote, where abstentions work in favour of the no-confidence vote. And yet, even if Mosley loses this vote, he doesn’t have to step down. Believe it or not, in this scenario he could very happily stay on board and see out the remaining year of his tenure as FIA President. And following his reluctance to stand aside, despite every conceivable opportunity handed to him over the last two months, that is something we have to be prepared for. There is talk that Mosley will stand down before Tuesday’s meeting. But given that Mosley has come this far, to step aside the day before the vote would not be in character. The last two months has been about trying to salvage something, anything, of his political face from the depths of depravity into which it was dragged by the News of The World’s expose. To quit on the eve of his chance to set the record straight, wouldn’t make any sense. Mosley has insisted time and again that his continued operation as President of the FIA is crucial to ensure the stable future of the organisation and its bargaining position. This claim has been belittled not only by the member clubs of the FIA, but by his long standing ally Bernie Ecclestone. Mosley is a man in a corner, and there is no doubt he will come out fighting when given the chance on Tuesday. Perhaps he will stand aside after the vote. Perhaps he will stay on. Right now, nobody really knows other than Mosley himself… and perhaps even he has not yet made up his mind. At the end of it all however, perhaps the best scenario would be to use the next few months, whether in office or not, to use his clearly brilliant legal mind, which has created such a fascinating, complicated and ultimately impregnable wall around him at the FIA, to rewrite the statutes of the organisation to ensure its political and functional stability into the future. If Max Mosley wants to come out of this with his head held high, there could perhaps be no finer legacy. Will he or won’t he? o p in io n WiLL Buxton GPWeek Editor 20