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GP Week : Issue 15
Letters email us at email@example.com I spent the week following the Canadian Grand Prix with my wife in New York City. We saw some shows, did some shopping and just generally enjoyed what is one of the world’s most metropolitan and fascinating cities. But we weren’t alone. As we walked to breakfast on our second morning in the Big Apple we bumped into an F1 colleague who, too, had taken the opportunity presented by the Canadian Grand Prix to take the one hour flight south to New York for a few days of R&R. The general consensus was that it was an awful shame to have come all the way over to the other side of the Atlantic and not visit America, even if only for a few days. What a small world, we thought. I mean New York’s not exactly the easiest place to bump into people. Rumour at the Canadian Grand Prix suggested we might expect an announcement on the return of Indianapolis to the F1 calendar in 2009, but by the time we’d packed our things away on Sunday night from the media centre as it slowly became submerged in the torrential rain, no announcement had been made. For F1 not to be in America seems a huge shame. The more times I visit the country, the more I become aware of the potential it holds and the generous nature of its people and the frankly enormous capacity it holds for fun. But why does it have to be in Indy? Walking through Central Park, I marvelled at how enjoyable a race would be through the enormous green space in New York’s very heart, and was reminded that America’s racing doesn’t just revolve around ovals. How about Watkins Glenn, I thought, or Laguna Seca? Road America could be fun, or what about Long Beach? The thing is that America is huge. It has plenty of race tracks with character, and plenty of tracks which would stir the emotions. Surely if F1 wants to attract new fans in America, the best option would be not to keep racing in one place, but to change the location of the event every year, like a tour of America, bringing the sport to fans in different parts of the country each year. One thing is for sure, although the lack of a US Grand Prix gives we F1 folk longer to enjoy the fruits of the American nation, the sport loses out. Commercially and sportingly, a US Grand Prix, be it at Indy, the Glen or Laguna Seca… hell even on the streets of NYC itself, is just what the sport needs. It’s a small world, but a shame that the sport should be lacking from such a large part of it. It’s a small world after all Montreal mayhem So Will Buxton thinks what happened in the pits at Canada was stupid and unnecessary! I agree with him, but for different reasons Stupid because that describes the driving; unnecessary because the pit crew should have been smart enough to have told the drivers that the pit exit was closed. As a final observation, it was clear that Hamilton had completely missed the red lights. If he had held his lead exiting the pits, he would have driven straight through and into disqualification. David Elliott David.Elliott@tpg.com.au GP WEEK is the best auto sport magazine I have read. Thank you to all your writers and staff. Why was Hamilton given a 10-grid place penalty after Canada and Raikkonen not penalised in Monaco? Both accidents were similar – an unavoidable collision with the rear of another car. Something needs to be done to make these decisions consistent in the interest of fairness and for the sport's credibility. Alex Yule firstname.lastname@example.org One of the aspects of the Lewis Hamiton pitlane mishap in Montreal which hasn't received much attention is Kimi Raikonnen's part in it all. Why were Raikonnen's Ferrari and Kubica's BMW side-by-side at the redlight – shouldn't they have been nose-to-tail? If they should have been nose-to-tail, who should have been in front.? I assume Kubica, but I'm not familiar with the detail of the pit lane rules/etiquette. If I'm correct then surely Raikonnen was partly to blame as, if I heard correctly, Hamilton implied he missed the red light partly because he was watching the shenanigans in front of him. All of which leaves another question: had the McLaren not hit the Ferrari, then what would have happend after the lights went green? A drag race back to the main circuit and potentially much more disastrous mayhem? Martin Roche Martin.Roche@dpi.vic.gov.au o p in io n WiLL Buxton GPWeek Editor ALTERNATE LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS: Indy isn't the only viable US GP venue – Long Beach in California hosted some brilliant street F1 30 years ago .... 20