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GP Week : Issue 49
Letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Max going solo? I wonder how many of the coutries which make up the FIA, and who supported President Mosley through his personal crisis last year, are genuinely behind this catastrophic handling of the future of Formula 1 which, if I read it right, currently has the potential to see a big split and two 'championships' in 2010. Past threats have always gone the way of the FIA in the end because the FIA always had Ferrari on side and, yes, F1 without Ferrari isn't F1. However, this time, Ferrari shows all the signs of solidarity with its brother teams, and the FIA member countries need to consider whether Mosely's extreme '40-million or Bust' budget cap insistence is remotely sane. A graduated reduction in budgets is far more logical and sensible, over time. The teams are right in not wanting change (again) for next year. Mosley's legacy will be major rule changes in F1 nearly every year – the biggest cost INCREASER of them all. Let's not even discuss KERS, which has proven to be the most extravagant waste of money to date – and whose idea was that?. And where are they dragging up these so- called 'new' F1 teams from. Really? Brabham, Lotus! If Mosley thinks F1 fans can be duped by a load of currently non-existent teams pinching some famous old F1 names, he is kidding. A championship made up of these teams would be like a rid full of Andrea Modas – absolute rubbish. I call upon the members of the FIA around the world to instruct Mosley that enough is enough. Yes, the FIA is the arbiter of motorsport rules and regs – but what is being proposed in the short term is ludicrous and designed to cause destructive division. Do you agree? Michael C Horwitz Atlanta, US Team Orders? Since when is an instruction saying "Mark (Webber) is faster, preserve your car" when you are catching the car in front not team orders? I know it is the age-old argument about F1 being a team sport, but I was looking forward to Vettel's attempts to make up for his earlier gaffe ... (PS: Webber would have held him out!) Richard Molineux Hong Kong 24 One class fits all MichaeL Scott MotoGP editor MotoGP has envied F1 since long before it was called MotoGP. It started getting serious way back when there were still five solo classes plus sidecars. Now that’s entertainment, you might think. Especially since stars like Agostini, Redman, Hailwood et al would sometimes contest three of those classes in a weekend. Imagine being able to see Lorenzo, Rossi and Stoner racing each other three times in a weekend! It got so good that, when fast- growing new Japanese companies Honda and Yamaha were fighting for supremacy in the smaller classes in the 1960s, the 250 and 350 championships were the main event. But the commercial-minded were looking across at the burgeoning financial growth of F1. Car racing reached out beyond the invisible barrier that divides enthusiast from the general public. It had mass appeal. These men divined a crucial difference. Car racing was much easier for non- enthusiasts to understand. There was just one World Champion. Or only one that mattered. Simplify bike GP racing in the same way, they thought, and then the same wider general market could be tapped. First the 350s were dumped after 1983 – they were now basically bored-out 250s. And sometimes not even that. The 50/80cc class was terminated at the end of 1989. The sidecars were consigned to outer darkness a couple of years later. Now there was just 125, 250 and 500. The process was accelerated by Dorna. First, MotoGP ousted the 500s in 2002, elevating the premier class above its now decidedly more junior 250/125 companions. Rally Wales (GB) d hoLMeS rallies editor Martin Message to the IMS, the commercial promoter of Wales Rally GB, Britain’s world championship rally: End this charade right now! Confirm immediately that your funding dispute with the Welsh authorities will not threaten this year’s British round of the FIA world rally championship. Look outside the door of your office and see the damage that your lingering dispute is inflicting. And do not tell us that this year’s event is threatened because you have an argument about 2010. We do not believe you ... Planning for this year’s event is on hold – and this is the second year running there has been a crisis. Last year confusion concerning the availability of the Millennium Stadium caused a panic request to the FIA to change the event’s date and delay the end of the championship until desperately close to Christmas. This year the official presentation of event and route details (due to be given to teams seven months before the event) are already over two months late, with still no indication when they will be finalised. The current uncertainties for Rally GB are not helping the already damaged goodwill of the event accumulated over decades, not only with the FIA but also with volunteer officials, fans and competing teams. opinion opinion