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GP Week : Issue 35
>>GPWEEKOPINION Finale needs atmosphere Martin Semerad (L to R): Max Mosley (GBR) FIA President with Alan Donnelly (GBR) FIA Chris minutes. That’s why I’m a bit Lambden Publisher ONE of the things which added to the sense of theatre during Sunday’s title decider in Brazil was the involvement of the crowd. It magnified the effect of everything that was going on on-track, with true Latin emotion pulsating through a race which – until that late shower upped the drama – was quite static. The proximity of the crowd and its animation and involvement were crucial in the tension and drama which built up over those last concerned about 2009. If there’s a championship cliff- hanger, as the schedule stands, it’ll be at the yet-to-be- built circuit in Abu Dhabi. The plans for the place look as facility-friendly etc as all the new circuits which F1 has bred, but you just know there’s no chance of the sort of atmosphere the traditional circuits and crowds can create. At the new f1-domes the crowds are, well, remote. It’s only a little thing, but I think F1 would be better off reversing the last two rounds for ’09, so that the finale remains in Brazil. There are precious few venues now where the gladiatorial ampitheatre effect remains, along with a crowd with a motorsport history and some knowledge and passion for what is going on. Silverstone, yes. Monza, yes. Estoril and Barcelona, yes. Australia, probably. Monaco, maybe. Brazil, certainly. Abu Dhabi? … It’ll be like having the FA Cup final in New Zealand; The US Superbowl in Manchester; the Tour de France in Argentina … just not quite the same. So how about it Mr E? No-one loses a race, or the revenue. Just a switch of dates. You’ve got to agree, it was the Brazilians themselves who made Sunday so dramatic 23 opinion