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GP Week : Issue 51
>>GPWEEKOPINION Mosley of old. Perhaps he could sense the groundswell of opinion rising against him? His comments that advances had been made over the weekend and a solution was close to being found flew at odds with the noises coming out of FOTA. They ended up sounding like get-out answers to questions he didn’t want nor feel able to answer. He said time and again that there were only one or two small things standing in the way of a resolution. And as the weekend went on it became very clear what one of them was between the FIA and FOTA. It was Max, himself. If Mosley does not stand down (as he promised he would one year ago) at the end of his current tenure, we could well lose Formula 1 as we know it. My money, and my vote if I had one, would go on Vicky Chandhok (pictured left, chatting with Mr E). Head of the Indian ASN, a racer through and through, and one of the most honest, genuine and decent people I’ve ever met. If anyone could get the If Mosley runs for re-election, however, there is still a chance he may not win another term. With the mess of the last few months, there is reason to believe that someone out there may be bold enough to stand against him. Someone who could galvanise the FIA, bring a new era of governance and work with all areas of motorsport to resolve the deep seated issues of the current system. Someone who could get the support to mount a challenge, and also be the right man to do the job if he won the vote. an stop Yamaha now? unbeatable, especially when it was Rossi riding it; Yamaha’s comparatively unambitious M1 a finicky and crash-prone also-ran. Transformation came when Rossi switched. But it wasn’t just the rider. His move coincided with Yamaha’s Big Idea – retiming the crankshaft to turn an even-firing in-line four into a syncopated virtual V4. Continuing refinement since that time, boosted of course by the intelligence and craft of Rossi and crew chief Burgess, has delivered the M1 we see today. The Ducati beat it in 2007. But the big difference between Italian and Japanese bikes is character. Yamahas have always been friendly to riders. ‘Ease of handling’ is a relative term with 230 horsepower, but riders from Roberts to Rainey to Rossi have all confirmed the Yamaha to be a faithful companion. This is patently not true of Ducati. When Stoner won in 2007, team-mate Capirossi also picked up a win and two seconds. Since then, the Australian wizard has become increasingly isolated as others have found the Desmo a complete bitch. Good riders too: first Melandri and now Hayden. No such problem at Fiat Yamaha, where the two team- mates are so close it took all of Rossi’s skill to win at Catalunya. Their M1s begin to look like the definitive 800. Unless Honda’s V4 can prove otherwise soon. Good news for Hayate, whose hand-me-down Kawasaki is something of a Yamaha clone. Yamaha’s lead is underlined in another even more impressive way: the cross-plane crank, as they dubbed their virtual V4, has now made it onto the street, on the latest R1. Yamaha is also drawing ahead of all its rivals in translating MotoGP technology directly onto the street. And isn’t that what it’s supposed to be all about? 23 support, it’s Vicky. And if anyone could do the job, I’d say it was him. He’s on great terms with Bernie and could negotiate a deal between the FOTA teams and Mr E, which the teams would all be grateful for so long as the percentages were right. With his booming laugh and no bullshit approach, he’s a 21st Century man for a 21st Century sport. And, in my opinion, he could yet be the man to save this sport, and the FIA, from itself.