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GP Week : Issue 31
Letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org No to MotoGP one-tyre My view has been echoed by other readers, and by your writer Michasel Scott, but I'd like to add my voice to those who believe a one-tyre MotoGP is a backward step. It has all, in my view, come about thanks to a couple of bad races by Michelin, some dented rider egos, and a knee-jerk reaction. Michalin has recovered strongly and would go into 2009 revitalised as a Bridgestone competitor. But like many things in motorsport, the decision has been rushed through and the views of millions of spectators, myself included, count for nothing. David Alvarez Barcelona, Spain Safety Car makes the circus Much as it pains me, I have to add my voice to that of the Ferrari boss, who described Singapore as a circus. The venue and atmosphere itself was great (although I don't see the need for the tighest of the chicanes – the one that accounted for Raikkonen), but the race itself was turned into a joke by F1's stupid Safety Car rules, which shut the pit entry when the Safety Car first comes out. F1 knows this is rubbish; it isn't the first time it's randomly screwed up several drivers' race, and they still haven't acted. Congrats have to go to Nico Rosberg, who managed to overcome the additional penalty and still get a result. Dave Cunnungham Massachusetts, US Clowns in Red The look on Felipe Massa's face – priceless ... Michael D Thomson Brisbane, Australia 22 THE Singapore Grand Prix confirmed a view I’ve held for some time on the defending World Champion, and that’s that he’s overpaid and under-prepared for when the going gets tough. Singapore, with its relentless and bumpy layout, a long race, in hot and humid conditions, caught Kimi out. With a handful of laps to go, the champ simply miscalculated at the tightest Is Kimi good value for money? Chris Lambden Publisher/GPWeek chicane, all by himself, and slid embarrassingly into the wall. It is something his predecessor, Michael Schumacher, would never, ever, have done or allowed to happen. How did it happen? Kimi simply isn’t, in my view, fit enough. He’s the one who so often looks a bit flushed at the end of races; he’s the one around whom in-season drinking stories abound; he’s the one on $30m+ a year. All three shouldn’t be in the same sentence. Michael, Mark Webber, and subsequently most of the young guns in F1 understand the importance of supreme fitness. Not reasonable fitness: supreme fitness. It pays off in the late stages of those hot, tiring, mentally draining races. When you get hot and tires, you make mental errors, and that’s where the $30m dollar man makes too many mistakes. At Spa, even in the cooling rain, it was he who made the late- race error. If I was forking out $30m I’d want more for my buck. Kimi has thrown away one too many races. And it can only add to the continuing rumour that change could be afoot at Ferrari earlier than some would think … opinion