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GP Week : Issue 46
Letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Sport of Septuagenarians Am I alone in being tired of the constant about the viability and future of Formula 1? Yet again, the sport is faced with a 'must sort out' crisis meeting. Yet again the constant talking point is the cost of Formula 1, and yet again the answer is to change things – again. It is the cost of constant change which makes F1 expensive! With the greatest of respect to all concerned (yes, that's how you start when you are going to slag people off ), the biggest problem is that the sport is run by a couple of guys in their 70s, entrenched, who have huge conflicts of interest. One, who runs the governing body, seems to be intent on changing everything regularly – ruling by confusion. The other, his little buddy, is all about cash – billions of moulah. Is this really the duo to take motorsport, and in particular F1, forward? How can change be brought about? Is there any propsect of an orderly transition? Am I the only F1 fan this frustrated? Andrew Horfeld email@example.com Don't touch it if it is working Why is there all the discussion about changing Formula 1 again, when right now we are having the most interesting season for a long time? It seems that Mr Mosley is determined to leave his legacy on the sport one way or another (well that is if we avoid discussion of his 'private life' legacy!), when some more sensible cost control over time is the obvious answer. Poor and Rich categories of F1 is NOT the answer, as can be seen by the number of seriously large companie threatening to pull out if this latest farcical option is introduced. Lennart Halsten Oslo, Sweden Don't let MotoGP follow the F1 path I have read with interest over time Michael Scott's writings about MotoGP and its efforts to "look like" Formula 1. He is right, bike racing should not follow down this path, of commercial domination, of dollars over-riding sport, of corporate boxes and no-go areas.. It is the world-wide brotherhood of bike racing fans, and their attitude, which spawned Valentino Rossi and the other personable personalities there are in MotoGP. The alternative is a grid full of Kimi Raikkonens and other bland types. Don't let it happen. Alan Clarke Hampshire, UK 0 The Rosberg Perple WILL Buxton GPWeek Editor If there is a more perplexing driver in Formula 1 than Nico Rosberg, I am not sure who it is. Superbly talented, intelligent, fast, a PR dream… but something just doesn’t add up. As the first GP2 champion he arrived in Formula 1 as a bit of an unknown quantity. The championship was new and his team had been dogged by far-fetched allegations of cheating, but he’d beaten many fancied drivers to that crown – amongst them Heikki Kovalainen who many saw as potentially the most gifted driver in that first year of GP2. But Nico was champion, and a Williams drive was his for 2006. His first race made everyone sit up and take notice. Spinning at the first corner he went on to record the fastest lap of the race and finish seventh. At his second race he qualified third and went on to look frighteningly strong in the early laps of the race until his engine, on its second Grand Prix, blew six laps in. The signs were there. This kid really was special. And yet questions have remained over his ultimate talent and show no sign of disappearing. As each season passes, so Nico’s stock seems to drop another peg. Last season, he scored a podium in the opening round but then his performances seemed to tail off. A leap out of nowhere in Singapore showed that the car had pace, so where had it been hiding all year? While the blame can’t be put solely on Nico’s shoulders, there is a growing feeling in the paddock that he hasn’t Le Mans: the legen MIchaEL Scott MotoGP Editor Le Mans. Two words that mean such a lot in world motorsport. Strange that they should also fill us MotoGP regulars with such dread. Especially the older ones, who can remember when the French bike GP was at Paul Ricard, way down south, and one of the world’s very greatest circuits in one of the world’s most beautiful places. No wonder there was a lament all round when Bernie Ecclestone bought the Cote d’Azur circuit and turned it into a sterile big- bucks F1 temple, closed to the public and lost to all but the elite of world racing. Le Mans, in spite of its history (this was the 22nd bike GP here, with the first in 1969), was always a scruffy alternative with weather that seems anxious to preserve that feeling. I can hardly remember a fully sunny weekend here, but can recall a slew of interrupted races. Add that the west of France is somewhat economically depressed, and it gets worse. The town itself is down at heel, and crime rates high. France in general has a reputation for being light-fingered, but Le Mans takes petty theft to a new level. Every year there are reports of riders having helmets and riding gear lifted; teams have lost scooters and worse, once the carburettors were stolen from opinion opinion