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GP Week : Issue 14
Letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Doing the right thing We Americans are quite used to sex scandals – most seem to involve ministers of one religion or another – but when our guys get caught they generally end up doing the right thing and quitting, or are pushed out. No doubt Mr Mosley is playing it by the (legal) book, but any leader of a respected world organisation would surely have stood aside until the matter was sorted out, right or wrong. And given that Mr Mosley doesn't even appear to be denying most of the accusations, he should have done the same. Claims that private lives are just that are redundant when you are a world leader. At least Clinton denied it ... The fact that the FIA has not taken the opportunity to stand Mosley aside, whether or not it was done via a vote of confidence, will reduce its credibility. Bruce McLeay Detroit, USA How to fix F1 – Part 3 I have the answer. F1 needs just one new driver, and I know he has tested a car already. Yes, you know who I am talking about – Valentino Rossi. Who else would turn up with such a crazy helmet design as Rossi did last week. F1 needs some character. F1 needs this man! PS: Love GP Week concept – though it was a bit late coming out last week. Rob Denning, Bradford, UK email@example.com ED: Yes Rob, GPWEEK was a few hours late last week. We use a huge US-based server host (which hosts 30,000 servers at four sites) and they had a fire and small explosion at their Houston site (yes Houston, we have a problem). A rare, rare event, we're told. WRC S2000 – good idea or not? Are the WRC people sure of what they are doing by introducing a S2000-based formula as a replacement? Looking at current S2000 cars on TV, they look a bit slow. Matthias T Andersson Singapore ED: They're planning to add turbos to them, Matthias, so they'll proably have a bit of go ... THE last thing I expected 41 years after attending the first Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport as a nine-year-old boy in 1967, was to attend an event that in so many ways, except the race itself, resembled the original. Although I have been covering Formula One for 15 years, and traveling to most of the races for the last decade, until this weekend I never attended my home race as a journalist. Our early final edition close at my Paris-based newspaper, made filing impractical. This year, however, we expanded our coverage and I am attending all of the races. My first visit to the race as a journalist was an emotional rollercoaster of extremes. As I drove into the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the first time on Thursday, on the dirt access roads around it, my first feeling was embarrassment. How could my country provide the world’s most exclusive and advanced series of motor racing with such a tawdry campsite of an installation as if nothing had changed since 1967? The promoter this year invested US$5.5 million to redo the paddock area. Yet the ‘improvements’ only serve to isolate teams from journalists, and compared to most of the other Grand Prix circuits, these facilities and logistical arrangements are still beyond primitive. It is not just the dirt roads so close to the Montreal skyline, not just a car park where you expect never to see your car again as it sits on a 90-degree angle on a river bank, and not just the wooden rafts across which to walk to reach the paddock. The fans have little room to move around and are treated like cattle by track officials as they file into the seating areas. Everything is falling to pieces and the worst part of it, as we saw this weekend, is the surface of the track itself. “Maybe they should find some other people from somewhere else to fix the circuit,” said Kimi Raikkonen. Yes, embarrassing. Yet, as the weekend advanced I realized that that this event has all the essential aspects for a Grand Prix: It is rare to find more enthusiastic spectators outside the tifosi. Downtown streets are closed off and turned into a massive festival to celebrate the race. Above all, the track itself – excluding its surface – is dynamic and produces extraordinary races, like the wild one we saw today. And that, I must say, was more exciting than the one in 1967. Rough around the edges – but still a classic circuit o p in io n Brad Spurgeon International Herald 18