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GP Week : Issue 16
Letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org LET’s put it this way: since Alain Prost’s retirement, being French in Formula 1 is the poorest status you can have within the paddock. Don’t worry; my blue, white and red mates won’t kill me for that statement ¬ just because most of them don’t understand a single word of English, apart from ‘Grand Prix’. I also have to admit that I feel brave enough to criticize my fellows because Guy ‘Monster’ Ligier is not there any more to break one of my arms. Seriously, look at our stars on track since 1993. Jean Alesi was a mega-spectacular showman, a very nice bloke, but also that type of driver with some incredible wire malfunction under the helmet. Can you imagine a F1 driver being able to forget that he needs to pit at least once in order to see the finish flag? Jean did. Then we got Olivier Panis, another good buddy, but with the charisma of an oyster. Those two completed billions of races. Statistics only give them one victory each. Let’s call it French efficiency. Since then, our young guns are not highly rated. It’s a question of credibility. They’ve got the wrong passport – which is part of the explanation when you try to understand why it took Sebastien Bourdais four Champ Car titles in a row to get an opportunity to drive for one of the weakest F1 team. Luckily, ‘Le Professeur’ came back in 1997 and launched his own team to make our colours shine again. McLaren was a reference for him, but with Prost Grand Prix he only delivered a Ligier 1-2. Our dream in blue turned immediately into a disaster. And then disappeared, giving to Peugeot the great opportunity to leave Formula 1 via the back door without a single win after seven years of non-effort with three different teams. To be honest, I could bet my salary that Renault analysed things the same way as I do when they decided to launch a Get the US back in the fold I agree wholeheartedly with Will Buxton's sentiments on a US GP. F1 is the poorer for not having one. I remember the Detroit and Phoenix Grands Prix where Senna was so blisteringly spectacular. The incredible showmanship of Americans and their unbridled passion and enthusiasm have a lot to offer F1. What is stopping Bernie and Co from bringing the US back into the fold? PS. I love your interviews with rookie drivers – those with Bruno Senna, Sebastian Bourdais and Sebastian Vettel were awesome! What a heart-breakingly intimate look into the mind of a racer. Betty Kayton, South Africa email@example.com Strategy in the right Spirit? Was I the only one watching the finish of Day One of the WRC round in Turkey with a bad taste in my mouth? Okay, Ford, legally, masterminded a strategy with four cars to beat Loeb and his Citroen grader, good for them, but to win the Spirit Of The Rally Award … please? Well done Seb for conducting yourself, under the circumstances, like the Champion you are. I’ll be barracking for you the rest of the year. Brent Edwards, Australia firstname.lastname@example.org Montreal Mayhem I have to agree with Martin Roche's comments in Letters in the last issue. I was always under the impression that cars had to leave the pits nose to tail. Or is it that Raikonnen also missed the lights until the last minute or was hoping for them to turn green by the time he got there? Also, before Hamilton hit Raikonnen he (Raikonen) had stopped by the side of Kubica's car but in front of the BMW by about 1/2 metre before the white line. As this is still in pit lane does it not constitute as a passing move for which a penalty is incurred? Bruce Smith e-mail withheld o p in io n CEDRIC VOISARD 'Le Figaro' Subtitle: It ain't easy being ... blue 20