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GP Week : Issue 23
nal boundaries >>GPWEEKOPINION in your national team? Right now, looking at F1, you’d have to say Germany would be rather good. You could pluck Schumacher out of retirement and put him alongside Vettel and Glock or Heidfeld for a single-seater effort… Brazil, too, would be pretty handy with Piquet, Senna, Massa or Barrichello. But of course, we already have a type of national-pride racing championship. It’s called A1GP. OK, it doesn’t quite attract the big names just yet, but with a new Ferrari car it’s moving in the right direction. The Race of Champions, too, is a fantastic celebration of national racing pedigree. That, if anything, is the Olympic Games of motorsport. Different disciplines, heats and finals, and all for the pride of a nation. But now, on top of all that, experience watching the incredible lengths to which some people can push their bodies. It was while watching the too late? Dani will be trying the pneumatic motor anyway; his decision will depend a lot on what happened the day before. If he found himself repeatedly blown away up Brno’s punishing long hillclimb, then he will echo Hayden’s repeated cries for more horsepower. And if he does demand pneumatics, then we can expect HRC to divert major resources into solving the niggling teething problems that have cost Hayden plenty, including at Assen his first rostrum of the year. Suzuki, as ever playing technical catch-up, will doubtless produce the usual small percentage improvement. Since the other factories will do the same, it will doubtless not be enough. The riders need a big percentage to be fully competitive. Kawasaki will have both chassis and engine modifications to test, but the green team’s real issue is with riders: Hopkins will be working his way back up to race speed after a lengthy absence … three races and seven weeks. West will be continuing his baffling struggle to find the form even to escape from the back of the grid. Ducati, the most open of all the factories about testing, will continue the quest. In the case of Stoner all they need is keep things just as they have been for the past few races: it’s as important not to lose direction as it is to find the right one in the first place. They work away at getting their other riders up to speed, but this is another bafflement; by now they will surely be putting more energy into next year’s bike, that Stoner will try at the Brno tests. It just leaves Yamaha, the only manufacturer for whom only a small improvement is all that’s required to gain even greater strength. It was promised, in electronic form, before the break; time will tell what has been delivered. It may prove crucial to Rossi’s title hopes. Olympics that the usual thought that we motor racing folk have every four years cropped into my head. Motorsport in the Olympics… who would you put comes SuperLeague Formula… the football / motorsport hybrid. Believe it or not, the first race is due to run before the end of the month. There are many who simply don’t see it happening, and many more who believe that even if it does happen, it simply won’t survive. A few years ago it might have stood a chance, but with A1GP doing so well, and taking the national pride thing as its raison d’etre, what hope does SuperLeague have of making a good crack of it? Will Galatasaray fans sit alongside Rangers fans? Or will you see segregated grandstands? Can football and motorsport really coexist? National pride works well in racing. The earliest years of the sport saw team liveries decided by national racing colours after all. But is football taking it one step too far? Is there room in the marketplace for another one-make series? Do the fans of either sport need it? Furthermore, do they really want it? One doubts that either will really care all that much. As the Olympics keeps on showing us, sport is all about passion. If it’s not there, then what’s the point? 21