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GP Week : Issue 52
Letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Fairweather friends? So now Williams and Force India want to join the big boys game again, now the split seems to have healed. But what will they do next week if it all falls apart now ‘Spanky’says he is not a happy chappy and may not pack it in come October? Allegiance is a full time commitment, not a week by week review of circumstances. Gordon Dicksen Gordon@dqh.com.au Will cost reduction apply to us too? Is this it? When it has come to the crunch, it is my guess that the monetary interests of CVC partners, who have millions (or billions) invested in the commercial rights to F1, will have instructed their man Bernie to "FIX IT". The alternate – the bulk of their massive investment walking away to form a rival 'business' – would have been impossible for CVC to countenance, so ... one way or the other, it HAD to be sorted. While FOTA may have 'won' (in terms of securing some compromises and Mosley's retirement), it should not be allowed to forget the promises it (as the teams' group) made – especially when it comes to reducing spectator costs. Hmmm, let's see ... Ticket prices are up because CVC (Bernie) demands such high fees; CVC and Bernie are still there, so what hope is there of reduced spectator costs? Oh, but if F1 is slashing its operating costs, how is it going to justify NOT reducing costs to promoters. I see a bit of Team v Bernie aggro coming ... Alan G Laughlan Bedford, UK Capturing the spark I watched the Catalunyan MotoGP on TV and, like your writers, was thrilled by that last lap duel. Amazing. Mr Mosely and Ecclestone and FOTA should be watching and learning from it. I thought GPWEEK captured the atmosphere, in words and pictures, very well. Congrats to all – keep up the great work. Gert Frondheim Mannheim, Germany 0 Peace for our time? WILL Buxton GPWeek Editor On September 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain stepped fromthe aeroplane that had brought him back to English soil, and on the tarmac at Heston airfield delivered one of the most famous speeches in world history. In his hand, he said, he held a piece of paper which contained an agreement signed both by himself and the German Chancellor, one Adolf Hitler, which formed a representation “symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again.” One year later, the Second World War was underway. The reason that Chamberlain’s speech has gone down in history is that it has come to be seen as one of the most famous examples of one politician under- estimating to the extreme the intentions of another. It is a masterclass in misplaced trust, of naïvity born of the want to believe that a promise really was a promise. That a level of decency bore that promise to be watertight. I must admit that when news started to filter through that a deal had been done in Paris last Wednesday and that Max Mosley had promised to step aside from the FIA Presidency, part of me built an image, a grainy black and white image, of Luca di Montezemolo waving a piece of paper on an airfield, telling everybody that everything was going to be OK. There Poland: Rallying in MARtIn HoLMES Rallies Editor The problem has now reached Poland. Where were all the Polish rally drivers? Following the events held in Greece and Sardinia, the World Championship scene now descended on a new country, and once again the top local drivers were nowhere to be seen. And once again the reasons were easy to understand. The strength of any country’s motorsport is its national championship network, and the big debate has always been whether to include a World Championship event within that country’s national series. It is a dilemma which has no clear solution. If you include a national series within a WRC event there is trouble. There are arguments about seeding order, about control fuel, about control tyres, about local solutions to homologation issues, in addition to administrative problems like the way that results of the national championship event are presented within the results system for the WRC event. And in the excitement of the big event, the activities of the national championship drivers are overlooked. As Rally GB discovered to its cost, it is a disaster. And as Poland now discovered, the alternative which is to run a World Championship rally outside the national series presents its own unwelcome consequences. As happened in similar ways in Sardinia and Greece, the current top six drivers in the Polish national series were missing from Rally Poland. Reasons were varied. Some were absent for logistical reasons, like Michal Solowow, who is already pursuing a parallel championship project in the European series, Rally of Poland falling awkwardly in-between qualifying rounds at Ypres and Bulgaria. Some were absent for coincidental opinion opinion