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GP Week : Issue 54
letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org And the winner is ... Webber! Thanks Mark, well done, thanks Red Bull for giving him the equipment he deserves. From one of many proud Aussies watching back home. email@example.com It has been a while comng, but Sunday's German GP could not have been a more fitting first win for Mark Webber. Just when the old Webber luck seemed about to cost him again, he was in such good nick that he was able to overcome it, get the race back on track, and walk away with it, including a big psychological win over his much-fancied team-mate. With just 1.5 points between the two of them, It is to be hoped Red Bull let them compete as equals for the next few races, or until one gets a handy points gap over the other. And at this point, I think the momentum belongs with the Australian! Roger Scott Nazareth, PA, USA How good it has been for the past 48 hours to put aside the continuous and boring politics of Formula 1 and concentrate on an increasingly fascinating on-track contest. If there is a message from the Nurburgring – other than the obvious WELL DONE MARK WEBBER – it is that the traditional big boys are on the comeback. The McLarens qualifying so well does indicate that things are on the improve big-time. It is just a shame that we didn't get to see the full extent of Lewis Hamilton's race pace on Sunday. Michael Pugh Chester, UK Cometh the Hour The best news to come out of the whole FIA/FOTA F1 political disaster has been the emergence of former rally star Ari Vatanen as a totaly credible candidate for FIA President. I was always a Vatanen fan when he was at his competitive peak and, given his more recent political experience, I hope the members of the FIA wake up and that he walks in on a wave of global support. The best thing Max Mosley could now do, for himself and for motorsport, is to recognise this and throw his own weight and support behind Vatanen. That way, he will at least go out gracefully. Andrew Pockington firstname.lastname@example.org Musical chairs WIll BuxtoN GPWeek Editor “Seriously though, what’s the point?”a colleague asked me this weekend. “I mean, if it was Michael Schumacher or somebody then fine... but Jaime Alguersuari? It’ll ruin him. Completely ruin him.” My colleague had a point. Sunday’s German Grand Prix might well have been the last time we see Sebastien Bourdais in an F1 car. If my sources are correct, 19 year old British F3 champion Jaime Alguersuari (pictured right) will be a Formula 1 driver in Budapest in two weeks’time. But while Bourdais’departure is no real shock, the choice of his replacement genuinely is. And it’s nothing against the kid himself. He looks very promising. But is it all a bit too much too soon? After all, not every driver that Red Bull has on its book is Sebastian Vettel. The decision to place the youngster in at Toro Rosso is linked to his sponsor Repsol, of this we can be sure. But it’s also because Bourdais has failed to do anything of note in his season and a half in F1. But will Alguersuari do any better? Indeed, does Toro Rosso really want him to? If this was all about competitiveness then neither Buemi nor Bourdais would have got a seat this season. Takuma Sato and Bruno Senna would have lined up in the Toro Rossos, and I’d wager the team would be a lot further up in the championship standings than it is right now. Buemi, while he shows no signs of being the next Fernando Alonso, has for his part done a good job. He’s surprised me and many others in this paddock. But the question still stands of what somebody else, perhaps somebody we might glibly term as ‘better’, could be doing in the car. Bourdais’departure should have been the opportunity for us to get our answers, and for Toro Rosso to start racing competitively. Sato, Senna, Pantano, Davidson, di Grassi... stick any one of them in the car and things might have started to pick up. But then Toro Rosso might have had the problem of Buemi being outclassed, and their initial Another collision w MIchaEl Scott MotoGP Editor The access road to the new Sachsenring race track, where MotoGP foregathers again next weekend, runs down a long hill through the forest before sweeping up towards the fence on the outside of the final corner. It is instantly recognisable, from the pages of the old history books, as the final stretch of the old public-roads track. This was a truly classic venue, where 300,000 or 400,000-strong crowds of sport-starved East Germans would erect massive makeshift grandstands lining the roads. Beside the road is a little memorial, beautifully kept, always with fresh flowers, at least during race weekend. It marks the spot where Scottish hero Jimmy Guthrie crashed his works Norton fatally in the German GP of 1937. There is another memorial on another part of the country roads, where another racing legend met his end. It was Bill Ivy, whose Jawa 350 seized in practice for what by 1969 had become the East German GP. Just two among many reminders of a long motorbike racing history here in opinion opinion