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GP Week : Issue 36
TIME TO TAKE A BREATH ... WITH this issue, the 36th in a frantic and exciting year, GPWEEK publishes its final issue for 2008. The response to our innovation in launching the world’s first online ‘virtual’magazine – linking Formula 1, MotoGP and WRC – has been fabulous. With a readership which has steadily grown to over 100,000 (and still going steadily upwards), GPWEEK is actually accessed (so the system tells us) in up to 79 countries – okay, so there’s not a huge audience in Lithuania, but you know what we mean: GPWEEK, without major fanfare and hype, is gradually becoming a seriously widely read, and respected, motorsport publication. This season-ending issue will remain ‘online’ through until we kick off again in 2009 – if you haven’t registered with us yet for the weekly ‘alert’email, now is the time! For those with (understandable) concerns, we don’t sell, rent, or offer a peep at our email list to anyone! You can register via the home page: www.gpweek.com Nothing stands still, and we plan to up the ante some more in ‘09, so we look forward to seeing you all again next year – thanks for coming along for the ride. FIA moves towar THE FIA World Motor Sport Council has agreed new procedures for the stewarding decisions in Formula 1, in an attempt to eradicate once and for all any suggestion of favouritism or underhandedness. Following an F1 season in which the role and decisions of the stewards at times threatened the credibility of the championship and its governing body, the new guidelines are a bold step in the right direction from the FIA, and are a sign that the powers which rule over the sport have not been deaf to the calls of either the fans or the media over the need for greater transparency in the decision- making process. An FIA statement read as follows: During the 2008 season a review took place of the stewarding arrangements in F1. The current panel of stewards consists of two international stewards and one national steward, all of whom must be eligible for the FIA’s super licence. For 2009, the following updates will be made: - Any national steward participating who is officiating for the first time will be required to ‘observe’ a minimum of one Grand Prix prior to their event. - At five Grands Prix in 2009, a number of trainee Stewards, nominated by their ASN and selected by the FIA, will be invited to attend. - Before each Grand Prix, a short CV of each steward will be posted on the FIA website. - With the benefit of a new replay system available to the stewards, all incidents will be investigated and appropriate action taken during the race, unless it is essential to seek further evidence afterwards.