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GP Week : Issue 21
>>GPWEEKOPINION till it’s over time, the F1 teams are due to meet to discuss cost saving initiatives that will assuage Mosley’s desire to introduce his own. And then there’s Formula 2… and all of that, quote, “bullshit.” And here’s the thing. While Mosley concentrates on trying to clear his name of ill-repute, his finger has been taken off the pulse of the sport he represents. He and his organisation are ploughing on with the development of what is a dangerous technology, a technology which, within the F1 media centre, is spoken of in frightening terms. When a respected colleague turns to you and tells you that he believes, in absolute terms, that KERS will be the cause of the next fatality in F1, it hits you, for F1 folk rarely talk in such terms. But where is the leadership of the institution overseeing its introduction? Where is his attention? Is it on the sport, or on the rebuilding of his own tarnished reputation? What happened to Mosley is, by any stretch of the imagination, pretty shady. The rights and wrongs of what he did are not to be discussed here, but as Mr Justice Eady, the presiding Judge in the case himself stated, what did Mosley expect when he put his trust in prostitutes? Mosley won his vote of confidence at the FIA because he argued the sport was in grave danger of being ripped apart at the seams. His leadership was, he claimed, the only way in which it could be saved. His legal and moral victory over the News of the World should have returned to this sport its President. That it has launched him into even more litigation should have us wary. This sport, at Mosley’s own admission, needs its leader. With dangerous technologies on the verge of introduction, financial instability and ill thought out proposals paving the way for the future, this sport needs its President… and his full, unwavering, concentration. Will Buxton GPWeek Editor Casey Stoner – not happy after a difficult race with Rossi for Rossi thanks to tactics that just went a little too far. Most assumed he meant the near collision earlier in the race at the Corkscrew, when Rossi ran over kerb and dirt to burst back onto the track right where Stoner was aiming for the second apex. That, however, was what is usually blandly described as “a racing incident”. More likely he felt he’d been brake- checked at the point where he ran off. Though he wouldn’t say as much. Not out loud. Rossi handled it all with the cool of an accomplished and experienced winner, casually laughing off the criticism. Maturity helps. It even obscures the fact that Rossi is just as driven and desperate about winning as Stoner. Look under the seasoned charm and you see a racing dedication bordering on the psychopathic. Stoner won few friends with his toys- out-of-the-pram response. If it really was Big Brother, the audience would vote him out. But Casey is not to be under-estimated. He’s very young and, by personality, very defensive, and very prone to shoot from the hip. That’s his way of dealing with things. He wants his revenge both hot and cold. And with a second and third order, please. Both are driven men, with distinct difficulties with coming second. That much is clear to all, for we have seen deep within their souls. It is a case of seasoned veteran versus callow youth. But no toys are involved, and no prams. This one is serious. 21 opinion