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GP Week : Issue 53
Letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Undoing all the good? Mr Buxton, thank you for your 'Peace For Our Time' article.. Max Mosley has become increasingly frustrating from the perspective of a Formula One fan and your article points out his glaring shortcomings. It would appear that he has an innate need to see his name in the newspapers to feed his massive ego. The man he replaced as president had become a joke and Max was warmly and eagerly welcomed. Now Max has become the joke and he is destroying all the incredible work he has done over the years by acting in such an incredibly petty fashion. I cannot believe that the FIA member countries can be happy having someone like Max Mosley representing the Presidential office of the FIA and causing all the dramas which are going on. Can we please remove Max and leave the politics out of the sport please? We are decidedly not interested! Geordie Pugh email@example.com Swapped at birth? Max reminds me of Robert Mugabe – he is as stubborn; egocentric; untrustworthy – just as Mugabe. I can’t blame the Ferrari President for suggesting that he is dictatorial. If Max stops for a minute and looks at himself in the mirror and then puts a picture of Mugabe next to the mirror I am sure he will see what I mean…or will he?!! Belarmino Almeida Luanda, Angola firstname.lastname@example.org The Odd Couple I saw Bernie Ecclestone's 'Hitler' quotes in the media over the weekend. At a time when Max Mosley is being pressed to quit for being out of touch with the realities of the modern world, it is perhaps time that Mr E read the cue and joined Max in an upper-class retirement village. Can F1 have its 'business manager' coming up with absurd stuff like that in public? I think not! Derek Pandopoulous Hatfield, UK 0 If it's too quiet ... re WILL Buxton GPWeek Editor A nice little rumour started doing the rounds this week… again It’s one that has refused to go away for some time, and every so often it keeps cropping up again. We’re pretty much all agreed it’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of when. Fernando Alonso will be a Ferrari driver. The only question seems to be over whether he will be decked out in red next season or in 2011. The story this week was that Ferrari was making big plans to announce Fred as its driver for next season at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix in September. Monza is of course where Ferrari makes most of its big announcements, and in 2009 the announcement that the 2005 and 2006 World Champion is due to be a Ferrari driver was reportedly all set to be unveiled alongside a lucrative deal that would bring Spanish bank Santander on board from McLaren. The chat coming out of Ferrari, however, is as we might expect. Its drivers are Kimi and Felipe. And that’s all that needs to be said. Ferrari’s got pretty good at denying the fact that Fred’s signed to drive for it. They’ve been having to do it for about a year or so now. But the story won’t go away. And for some it has all the hallmarks of the last time Ferrari continually denied something to the hilt week after Go on ... enjoy your Which makes me wonder … how many MArtIn HoLMES rallies Editor IT wasn’t all gloom when the World Rally Championship went back to Poland. It was pretty deep in some quarters, notably among the journalists when the rain arrived and made the car parks muddy. It seemed there was a hard core sector which went to Poland determined not to enjoy themselves from the moment they got lost in Warsaw trying to find the right route northwards, till the moment when Jari-Matti caused considerable last minute re-writing in the press room on the Sunday afternoon. Find a journalist in Poland who enjoys his job and you have a friend for life! Going to Poland was, for many of them, a chore they did not ask for and would happily have foregone. of these creatures will be heading for the IRC Rally in Russia next weekend … and I doubt if any of them have asked to be short-listed to witness the World Championship candidate rally in Bulgaria the following weekend. It is strange how a journalist can one minute extol the merits of a truly ‘World’ Championship calendar, then the next minute regret the inconveniences. Fortunately, journalists were not the only rally people in Poland. “This was the best afternoon of rallying I can ever remember”. The face of Mikko Hirvonen’s co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen on the Saturday afternoon said it all. He did not even need to speak: “These roads are fantastically fast in places, even faster than in Finland. Here the roads are always turning, they are not straight, but all the time the driver just nails it. And because of the narrowness of the road the impression of speed here in Poland is something phenomenal. “After rallies like Sardinia and Greece, opinion opinion