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GP Week : Issue 24
Letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Has Danica been forgotten? With all the talk at the moment concerning the F1 driver Silly Season, and who will drive for Honda in 2009, what has happened to all the talk of Danica Patrick being a contender for Honda next year? I mean, it’s obvious Ross Brawn wants the ‘new Schumacher’and believes that is Alonso. So any move to get Danica in the car would be Nick Fry’s efforts (because let’s be honest – she will create publicity). This was a strong topic early in the year and, as far as I know, Danica herself hasn’t played it down. Do you think people have lost interest in her for whatever reason, or that it was never really substantiated to begin with? Or has Bourdais simply just put people off bringing drivers round from the US for good? I hope not, because both Bourdais and Patrick have a lot to offer. John Bagusauskas, Adelaide, Australia email@example.com [Chris Lambden (Publisher): to be honest, John, I think the whole Danica thing was more PR-driven and basic politeness from Nick Fry. Best measure of how an IRL driver would go in F1 are the road courses, and she hasn’t really shone there …] Don't panic over MotoGP tyre drama Last weekend's second major failure by Michelin to produce a competitive tyre should not in my view be seen as an immediate excuse to bring in a single tyre formula. In this case, the tyre manufacturer was simply out-gunned by their rival. It is not the same as the two Indy fiascos (F1 back in 2005 was it, and the recent NASCAR race), where a tyre was simply unsafe, and incapable of completing more than a few laps. The tyre competition is one of the fascinating aspects of MotoGP and Michelin will, I am sure, regain their composure. It is cyclical – who knows, they may produce a better tyre than Bridgestone at some point. But, it does all make Valentino Rossi look like some sort of future-telling guru doesn't it ... Roger Mathieson York, England (email supplied) 20 WiLL Buxton GPWeek Editor There’s something reaffirming about revisiting something that had a pretty big part in creating the person you are. It’s rediscovering that CD you haven’t listened to in years, or catching a re-run of a TV show they cancelled a decade ago for no apparent reason, leaving you without complete closure. On Wednesday my wife and I went to watch Lee Evans do a stand up show in Oxford as a warm-up for his UK tour. As my all-time favourite comedian, I’d been wanting to see him live since about 1995 and the little bundle of nerves, monkeyish mannerisms and rubber-faced buffoonery that creates the persona of one of the best comedic performers Britain has produced in the last decade stood on stage for three hours to deliver a completely new set. I laughed until I ached. But perhaps the greatest news of last week was that the band I had idolised as a child had reformed, released a new album, and were back on tour. Better still, I’d managed to get tickets to one of their UK concerts. Now don’t laugh, but as an 11 year old, the big hair, big guitar riffs and 80s godlike genius of the band ‘Extreme’ was the very definition of cool in my book. I have had absolutely no shame in defending their virtues as a band who were more than just one hit wonders, and no hesitation admitting that I have very happily continued to listen to what I still hold to be a fantastic back-catalogue of music, since their break-up in the mid- nineties. With most of the F1 paddock for some reason going ga-ga over Bruce Springsteen this season, my lack of shame in admitting my love for this band should seem obvious. Comebacks, I have decided this week, are awesome. So here we are, with a new album, a tour, and I feel like I’m 11 years old again. The new album sounds fresh, but written by a bunch of guys clearly a little older and wiser. Overall it just has that air of, “it’s good to be back.” It’s just what the fans had been waiting for. After a few weeks away from racing, it’s a little bit how the F1 community feels right now. The August break has given everyone a chance to rest, recover and recharge, and now it’s back to the business of racing. We all went away with the same questions: Lewis’ tyre wear, Felipe’s engine worries, Kimi’s potential retirement and where Alonso was destined to race in 2009… and the break hasn’t really done anything to answer them. It’s given us a chance to take a step back, though, and appreciate what we’ve got in front of us … which is a pretty incredible season. The three championship protagonists will each come back from the break a little older and wiser, rested and recovered, and no doubt with the extra momentum given by that “good to be back”vibe. With a new track and new challenges, the comeback from our three week break promises to be just what the sport and its fans have been waiting for. Rock and roll! 'Extreme' – Buxton's taste in rock ... opinion