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GP Week : Issue 23
Letters Pushing the nation email us at email@example.com The Massa Miracle Everyone in the Formula One world has been talking about it. Yes, Massa proved to his critics that he is a Formula One racing driver who means business and he demonstrated his desire to be a world champion. Massa proved to us what we needed him to; that he’s not in a Ferrari for nothing. No doubt we can all agree it was the best drive of his career, despite the car letting him down. Furthermore when looking at the race as a whole, it seemed to me this was due to a transition in driver’s styles. The first corner by Massa was described as “Hamilton-like”, which I agree with; aggressive but calculated to take the lead. So, if Massa was driving like Hamilton, who was driving like Massa? I can’t deny that I thoroughly enjoyed watching Heikki take his first Grand Prix win. He was constant, consistent and quick in taking the win from the man who was originally leading the race. Sound familiar? I swear this is not an attack on Heikki’s driving ability – it’s only his second season and he is still learning. As long as all his wins don’t become 'Massa-like', there is a good career ahead of him. But honestly, I was truly gutted that Massa gave it his all and was not rewarded with the win and the 10 points, due to his team not delivering. If drivers want to set themselves apart from the others to become world champions, they can’t always hold out for the failures of the better driver. Finally, the pint-sized Brazilian realised this. More performances like that from Massa and his world championship campaign becomes a more realistic goal. Thank you to the people who responded to my previous letter – I am very grateful for what you had to say. Claire Lorenc firstname.lastname@example.org Travel docco A quick message to say how great your coverage of the Finland Rally was. The images, and the obvious drama of the event, have inspired me to want to be there at the next Rally Finland ... Malcolm Prosser Oxford, UK (email supplied) 20 WiLL Buxton GPWeek editor It’s 4am and you’ve just woken up. The kettle has boiled, and your coffee sits steaming in front of you. You turn on the TV and your heart rate rises along with your expectation. For the next six minutes, the most important thing on earth is rowing. Yep, the Olympics are upon us. I love the Olympic Games. I don’t know many people who don’t. It’s one of the rare chances we all get to be a passionate expert in every sport imaginable. I found myself overcome with joy when Britain won a gold in the women’s cycling road race, and cursing the performance of our archery team when they missed out on Bronze to the French. I think the words Agincourt, Robin Hood and Arse all made it into my protestations of why we should have won. They made little sense, for I know little if nothing at all about archery, or that matter for the vast majority of sports being played by these genuine sporting SuperLeague Formula heroes. Win or lose, just getting to the Olympics is a vast achievement, and while we’ll all sit at home decrying our nation’s losses or revelling in their victories, it’s a pretty humbling Testing times – but is it t MichaeL Scott MotoGP editor MASSIVE tests after Brno will answer some, but not all of the questions posed by the 2008 racing season. For most, such technical help that is forthcoming after the factories have had a couple of weeks to work will come too late. For one thing, testing takes place only after the race, the 12th of 18 rounds. Only a third of the season left. This is especially true for Nicky Hayden, whose hero-to-zero progress at Honda has been all too inexorable since he faced off Rossi for the title at the final round of 2006. In spite of repeated denials, HRC’s development has been aimed squarely at his diminutive team-mate Dani Pedrosa, and even Nicky’s exclusive use of the under-developed pneumatic-valve motor is a half-hearted acknowledgement to a former champion. Team-mate Pedrosa has meanwhile demonstrated the other side of the same coin. With a package tailored to his small size and his chassis preferences, the performance of individual components becomes less important. His motor may be old-generation and supposedly lacking in top-end, but he makes it go pretty well. Of course weighing the same as a flea in a greatcoat helps a lot: – it is not by clutch control alone that Dani is reliably ultra-fast out of the blocks, race after race. opinion opinion