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GP Week : Issue 38
Letters email us at email@example.com Easier for Stewards to decide? The FIA have [ED: had, now!] changed the points system so that the driver with most wins will become F1 world champion in 2009. The rule change is said to encourage drivers to fight for wins rather than driving for points. It seems like a good idea, but here's the conundrum: last year Lewis Hamilton fought for wins and his efforts were often rewarded with penalties, including the loss of a race win at Spa in highly controversial circumstances. With the benefit of that race win, Hamilton would have been undisputed champion in 2008 whichever set of rules you applied. So, will the new rules result in more exciting races, but also more penalties? If the FIA stewards get to influence the championship in the jury room then we may end up with a tainted championship. Charles White Southampton, England It never rains in ... As I write this, it is Sunday evening at about 6:30pm. The sky is dark with the usual evening thuderstorm threatening. Sunset is less than an hour away and so visibility is rapidly decreasing, and once the rain starts it will be close to zero. What's the relevance of this? I am about 30kms from the Sepang Circuit here in Malaysia, and just three weeks from now it will be F1 time again. Except this year the race will begin at 5:00pm local time, and will end somewhere between 6:30pm and 7:00pm, depending on the weather. With a huge amount of luck, the weather will not be typical. Sunny skies may remain until 7:00pm, and the race may finish before the light disappears. But, I have to say, this is unlikely. Thunderstorms and torrential rain beginning soon after 5:00pm are the norm at this, and in fact most times of the year. Didn't anyone do any meterological research before moving the start time from its usual 3:00pm? I guess not. If my predictions are right, the race will certainly be a spectacle, but not one the TV viewers are likely to see unless the cameras are fitted with night-vision technology … Paul S. Russell, Malaysia firstname.lastname@example.org 22