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GP Week : Issue 42
Letters the top. Warren Furze firstname.lastname@example.org Who makes the decisions? They say a little rain brightens up most motor races, but what a classic in China. For a team apparently without a 'must-have' diffuser, Red Bull certainly illustrated that perhaps there is a little bit more to it than that. The new interest for me in F1 is the fact that they publish the fuel loads/weights after qualifying. The teams seem to know this info, or work it out, themselves, but it adds to the intrigue for it to be public. For instance, it was great to know that Fernando Alonso was so light that he wasn't going to do many laps on Sunday before his first stop! One question. How is it decided which driver will run lighter than the other in Q3 if both cars from one team make it through? Presumably they can't both run the same weight, or they would end up pitting at the same time. For example, on Saturday in China, Vettel was 3kg lighter than Webber and so, mistakes aside, should have qualified ahead, as he did. Who decides this? Roger McPherson Bradford, UK ED: In teams where the drivers are of 'equal status' there is often an 'alternate weekends' arrangement. In the case of Red Bull, it would seem that this weekend was Vettel's first pick, to run a handful of kilos lighter. With the rain, and starting in front, that proved a huge bonus. Later in the year, you'd expect a team's best- placed driver to get the choice on a regular basis. 4+2+4 = winners! I'm emailing just to say how much I enjoy GPWEEK – not just the F1, but also the in-depth MotoGP and World Rally coverage. It is a winning combination. It is such a shame that the economy, amd whatever else, has reduced this year's WRC to a two-manufacturer contest. But I guess things will improve substantially in 2010. Angelo Prince San Jose, California 20 email us at email@example.com No Bull ... Congratulations to Team Red Bull, Seb and Mark. You have made a lot of Aussie motorsport fans proud. Hold your heads high – I am! In treacherous conditions the cream rose to Questions, but n answers ...