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GP Week : Issue 47
Letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org If there's no agreement ... With all that’s going with the FIA – EU Laws potentially broken, Ferrari, FOTA and the commercial rights holders – I would like to offer what might be solution. I own a TV production company – which I am happy to offer to the teams that look like leaving F1. I know a good promoter/management company that would be happy to help administer and run the back end of a new series. I will happily share the millions of $ in TV revenue that any new series created, managed and regulated by teams like Ferrari, Toyota, Red Bull et al – EQUALLY (that's better than your current deal, Ferrari excepted) and I will supply a plan that will enable this new series to be promoted to and followed by fans around the world. I am sure between us will be able to secure some tracks to race at - probably the ones Bernie DOES NOT own. I feel sure that countries currently paying Bernie & Co millions for the rights to host a race would look favorably at an offer made by any new series that had marquee names like Ferrari, Toyota, Red Bull etc on the grid - that reduced their 'pay to race”'fee - while still bringing the greatest motorsport show on earth to the fans. I , like many fans of F1, love it because it is cutting edge. We LOVE the technology and seeing the advances made on the track take form in road cars a few years later on. That technology costs money - and while a budget cap is a good idea - at Max’s current level of insistence it WILL damage the sport beyond repair. I don’t want to see that. I love the sport. OK, passing is a great thing too – and I don’t think any teams will disagree that the opportunity to pass the car in front is integral to making the event watchable from a fan perspective and marketable from a sponsors point of view. But that's why I suggest that you - the TEAMS – make and agree the rules. So – if the big teams decide not to enter the 2010 F1 Championship - please give me a call or drop me a line. Let Max and Bernie take second class cars and drivers wherever they like next year. I, and everyone I have spoken to, agree – if the big teams leave, so will we. I have no interest in watching a series that is dominated by an FIA bully with dubious credibility, who pushes rules without consultation. I doubt he can even drive ... I would LOVE to work with teams and sponsors serious about providing cutting-edge entertainment, using cutting-edge technology done under a set of regulations set out and agreed by the stakeholders – THE TEAMS. Call me ... Carl Liebold <email@example.com> 22 The best racing ca MichaeL Scott MotoGP editor In the wake of a brilliant French GP, and feeling a little guilty at being so rude about Le Mans last week when it was ended up so enjoyable, one thing stands out, a reaffirmation of what we had discovered already – pit stops make for brilliant racing. We discovered this first in Australia in 2006. It was the first time new flag-to-flag bike-change rules were used in anger. The wet- tyres bikes warming up as the weather got worse, the yes-or-no decisions as riders judged when to go off down the long pit lane for a quick change, the jostling once they got there, vaulting from one saddle to another. And then a victory for Melandri. It was fantastic fun. Le Mans demonstrated it all over again. And, funnily enough, again favoured Melandri. It certainly proved how pit stops upset the procession and ensure real track battles, and without being in any way unfair. Lorenzo didn’t win because he was lucky. Nor was Rossi’s last place because he was unlucky. True enough, first into the pits for slicks was taking a big gamble, and he lost. But he fell off because he made a mistake, a fact he did not shirk in his post-race debrief. It’s plain to see how pit stops mix things up. Riders came in anywhere between the fifth and 12th laps, as each judged he’d be sufficiently Balancing Act opinion