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GP Week : Issue 50
Letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Formula 1 under the microscope I couldn't agree more with your view last week (page 5) on the ridiculous pantomime that is going on at the moment in F1. Everyone can see that there is a huge powerplay going on. Mosley is intent on implementing the authority of the FIA to more or less do as it likes (while at the same time shoring up his personal support within the organisation), while the teams, quite reasonably, want things changed in a more realistic mannner. Under Mosley's watch it is a stream of constant changes to F1 regs, not to mention the extravagant failure that has been KERS, is what has added to the huge cost of going racing in F1. So yes, F1 is looking, as is every sane business in the world, to cut costs, but the gladiatorial approach taken by the FIA/Mosley was always goin g to create the reaction it has – and rushing around to fill a potentially depleted grid with F3 upgrade teams and dreamers is not going to capture the imagination of fans. I hope Ferrari and McLaren, and the other FOTA teams, stare this outrageous set of changes down and, that by doing so, sanity prevails. Or F1 will lose many, many fans ... not just me. Alan Harford Cambridge, UK Cost-cutting is a fact of motor racing worldwide, but if the FIA thinks it is going to pop up with an arbitrary cap that favours Club Racers, then we can say goodbye to Toyota, Renault, and probably Ferrari and Mercedes Benz. How would you like to be remembered as the people who drove the manufacturers away from F1? It is time for some common sense ie compromise, before it is too late. Adam Porteous email@example.com What a shame that one of the most interesting (despite one driver winning 5 races) seasons of F1 should be overshadowed by this degree of political horse-trading. Terence C Knight Ontario, Canada 20 I predict a riot ... There’s just something very special WiLL Buxton GPWeek editor The scenes have gone down in legend and remain as strong today as they were 17 years ago. A country stifled by recession rejoicing in the success of a sportsman in whom they had believed for many a year. It was an outpouring of emotion on a day on which he truly stamped his mark on the World Championship that was to be his. In the best of British machinery, the most British of drivers took victory on the most British of race tracks. Should Jenson Button repeat Nigel Mansell’s feat in winning the 2009 British Grand Prix this very weekend, I reckon we may just see the first Silverstone track invasion since 1992 (above right). about Jenson Button and the emotion that the British public has for him. On entering the sport he was a fresh-faced kid with bucket loads of raw potential, but as the years rolled on that potential was just never realised. If the Brits love an underdog, JB became that most British of sporting heroes … the one you loved regardless of his mis-timed shots at success. But through it all shone his personality. Through it all was Jenson, The Man. Jenson the guy you wanted to join in the pub for a pint, because you knew he’d be a bloody good laugh. Jenson the guy you wanted to go clubbing with. He was a James Hunt of sorts, dashingly good looking, a great sense of humour, not averse to a few parties… in short, the guy all the guys wanted to be, and the guy all the girls wanted. And suddenly here he is, with a decent car, and he’s winning… and winning with Now and then: bik MichaeL Scott MotoGP editor What racing! What TV footage! I sat riveted, holding my breath. And it wasn’t even a GP. I was watching the Isle of Man TT. The 600 Supersports were at it, three and sometimes four of the front men together on the road, flat out for mile after mile, drafting and scraping, and passing each other, over and over. The TT is notoriously difficult to film. This year, ITV really cracked it. A combination of helicopter and on- bike cameras mixed in with strategic tracksiders and some slick editing really brought the classic races to life. I haven’t seen a TT first hand for many years now. This reminded me of how racing there can regularly make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. It reminded me also of how these open- road mad-fests were the origin of Grand Prix racing. What a long way we have come. These thoughts were doubtless also in Rossi’s mind, on the eve of the Catalunyan GP. Valentino had quite clearly been blown off his feet by the powerful magic of the Isle of Man. He’d packed a lap behind Ago and some close- up race action into a flying visit, and came back reeling. The GP weekend wore on to its magnificent climax: that last lap battle between Rossi and Lorenzo. This was the same thing again. Motorcycle racing at its very finest and purest. As it happened, neither put a foot opinion opinion