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GP Week : Issue 22
Letters Is Felipe a fan? Felipe Massa must be a GPWEEK reader. How else can you explain the events of the last weekend? Reader Claire Lorenc (July 28) points out, quite correctly, that Massa only ever seems to win , or look like winning, when he's running in clean air, at the front. Can't pass, can't compete. So Felipe obvioulsy read that and, for one brief moment, actually looked like a Grand Prix driver. He raced! That first corner win over Lewis Hamilton has re- kindled his credibility, in my view. Good effort, Felipe – shame about the engine. Michael D Costello Sao Paolo, Brazil Just get on with the job, Max I don’t care what Mr M does when he leaves the office at the end of the day. I don’t care what Mr M admits to doing for 30 years once he has left work – what happens behind closed doors is no-one's business but Mr Mosley's. More fool him for trusting British prostitutes, – has he not heard of Shane Warne and those caring, sharing, opportunistic lady friends of his? What I do care about is motor racing. Mr M, you won (albeit with some dirty laundry aired). You got your compensation, which is going back into motor sport I hear. Let News of the World appeal, deal with that and get on with the job you’re paid to do. Otherwise stand down and let someone with more focus carry out the job at hand, before more categories than just F1 suffer for your pride. Warren Furze. firstname.lastname@example.org (Australia) ED: Just one correction Warren – Mr Mosley's position is actually un-paid. Mind you, the perks probably aren't too bad ... KERS kerfuffle – give it time KERS can't be that hard. A number of hybrid road cars are running around without catchng fire or electrocuting bystanders. It's just new – give them a break, they'll get it right. Alan Freeman Capetown, SA 20 email us at email@example.com Luck be a lady toni WiLL Buxton GPWeek editor THEY replayed it over and over on the TV screens at the weekend. The blue and white car hounding down the scarlet race leader. Two world champions going one-on-one. The lunge up the inside of the old turn one, the defence into turn two and then the complete domination of the race. Damon Hill’s 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix has passed into folklore as one of the most exciting and unexpected of the modern generation. Sure, it had much to do with the Bridgestone tyres on Damon’s pretty shabby Arrows, but Damon drove a blinder that day. In many ways, that race did more for his reputation than his 1996 championship. For once, he wasn’t in the best car, far from it in fact, and yet he’d taken on and walked all over the guy who was supposed to win the race. Cruel misfortune would show her hand however and, on the very last lap, his ailing Arrows was caught and passed by Hungarian Grand Prix., 1997: Damon Hill over Jacques Villeneuve in the stand out car of the season. Damon had been so close to the impossible, but he had made his point. There’s a nice parallel between that Superbikes make hay MichaeL Scott MotoGP editor MOTOGP lies idle in the summer sun; World Superbikes make hay. The annual visit to Brands Hatch is a highlight for the production-based series, and has been ever since the days when the four-times champion Carl Fogarty was nicknamed the ‘Doohan of the Diesels’ in 1990s. For many years, Superbikes outweighed MotoGP to most British fans, because of Foggy and many other riders, up to last year’s champion (for the second time) James Toseland. Purists thought this was skewed in the wrong direction, but the people voted with their feet. Thanks to Rossi, MotoGP has regained ground; but there are still many who accord more importance to Superbikes. This is largely because of the closer racing, and this in turn is the consequence of the bikes being generally heavier, looser and clumsier than MotoGP thoroughbreds. With less emphasis on riding precision, a rider has more latitude for different techniques. They become more equal. There is another more trenchant reason: fuller grids. There’s just more going on out there. An SBK race will typically have as many as 30 starters. MotoGP is currently down to 18 or less. And there is more to come: BMW, KTM and Aprilia are all bound for SBK. There may not be room for many more big old production bikes on the grid, but the strength in depth will be opinion opinion