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GP Week : Issue 48
Letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org The UK is an island! Martin Holmes reminisces about island rallies but forgets the biggest and best of them all.... the RAC rally of Great Britain, sadly now replaced by the "sprint style" Welsh version. Keep up the good work. It is now always a pleasure to turn on one's PC on Monday mornings. Peter Robinson email@example.com Tough times at Grove? I suppose this will be the only way Williams will ever win a GP again – by entering a championship devoid of the top teams!. Oh well at least the Poms will be happy, if no one else. Gordon Dicksen Gordon@dqh.com.au Schumacher = boredom? Following another win this season from Jenson Button at Monaco, Ross Brawn responded by saying Button was showing “similar character traits” to Michael Schumacher. With five wins out of six races, you can see where he’s coming from. Over the past year Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have both been given the same review, but this time it’s different. This time it comes from a man who contributed heavily to making Schumacher so legendary within the sport. There is no denying how valuable these words are. Yet what concerns me is what this now means for Formula One. Describing Schumacher as being a good driver is like saying The Beatles were quite popular; we all know how good he really was. Yet, when looking back on his winning days, specifically from 2000 to 2004, it’s hard to remember anything else but the constant and tedious wins usually from pole position. The races seemed much longer and the outcome seemed always the same. It was a very boring time. So, was Brawn offering words of praise or words of warning? Should the fear and panic now set in that Formula One is once again to become boring? It is obviously too early to know for sure, but I can’t help but be a little bit concerned that the excitement of the 2008 season is not to be seen again for a long time. Claire Lorenc firstname.lastname@example.org It ain't over 'till it WILL Buxton GPWeek Editor Friday May 29 was supposed to be the day that all the uncertainty ended, the day on which the politicking stopped and we could get on with the sport again. Great in theory, not so in practice. The political landscape is now more volatile than ever. Like it or loathe it, the politics are a long way from over. FOTA’s put in a block entry minus Williams who dared to look after their own interests and, as things stand we have no idea if FOTA’s entry is even legal. If they have amended the entry form, they may have broken the rules. If they attached conditions to their regular entry, it could be argued that they’ve entered an illegal application. Even if the conditions that FOTA has put in place have merit, does the FIA have to do anything about them? Well in all honesty, no it doesn’t. FOTA may have been clever in placing a block entry as it’s an all or nothing decision for Max Mosley to make, but what if Max opts for the nothing option? What if Max really does dig in his heels and say enough is enough? Rumour has it Toyota and Renault are thinking very seriously about their continued involvement in F1, regardless of how the current political mess is resolved. And let’s be under no illusions that Force India and Brawn, like the suspended Williams, would wish to align itself with the FIA. After all, they live to race, not to sell cars. Le Mans may not hold the same allure as F1. You have very few teams left after the fallout. The one big issue with all of this is that come the Deadline Day of Friday May 29, there was still no certainty over the 2010 regulations. FOTA wants them to be changed, but the new teams still had to put their names forward on the basis of a set of rules that may or may not exist in a few months’ time. Muddied tyre thin MIchaEL Scott MotoGP Editor MotoGP is getting worried. It has been several weeks now since any major changes in the rules.. Racing is getting withdrawal symptoms. Apart from the revision to free practice and qualifying times, the sport has been in a period of rare stability, harking back to the good old days (ie: two years ago), when sometimes whole months would go by with a new diktat that threatened to change the fabric of the sport. Bear with me. There are some serious thoughts behind this flippancy – because with the 250-replacement Moto2 class taking most of the attention, the lack of a restrictive tyre rule for the new class is causing much puzzlement. Final technical regulations are still in the melting pot, but the basics are fully established: Honda will supply warmed-over CBR600 engines in one- size-fits-all format. The only variations will be in the chassis, which are free. Given the force of racing convention, however, unless or until somebody comes up with a big new idea, these will be more or less similar. Same goes opinion opinion