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GP Week : Issue 55
letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Vote 1 Vatanen? Jean Todt's record in and around F1 is rhe reason he SHOULDN'T be elected as FIA President! The FIA and its relationship with F1 needs a clean break with the past, and this is the time to do it. It is not as if there isn't a suitable candidate in the wings. Ari Vatanen brings with him everything you would require from a President – a background in the business at the top level, experience in politics, and a reputation form dealing fairly and firmly with people. Vatanen for President as far as I am concerned. Allan Brocklehurst Nottingham, UK Max Mosley's support of Jean Todt and his 'team' for FIA President is a vote for the status quo, the old school. His previous , quite recent employment by Ferrari, along with all the 'special deals' which he was part of during that time, should rule Todt out. George Atkinson Felixstowe, UK Webber Fan Club The Webber versus Vettel team contest was identified at the start of the year by many observers as being the contest of the year, and so it is turning out to be. What a battle – and more often or not it has, and probably will be, decided by the odd split second in qualifying, who gets the clean jump, who has the right strategy. And I dare say, there will be an element of mental strength involved as well. Well done Webber – a first win has never been more deserved. I'm sure I'm not the only one hoping for many more, but also that he continues to match it with what Germany regards as the New Schumacher. Anthony Le Page North Ryde (Sydney) Australia I have to confess to being one of those who expected Mark Webber to be the eternal bridesmaid. But I'm happy to eat a bucket-load of humble pie. When the win came it was comprehensive, strong and dominant. Go Webber. Steve Quinn Bradford, Yorks, UK The duality of m WIll Buxton GPWeek Editor Sunday began under clear blue skies, a day to be spent at the races, for once actually taking part rather than sitting in a media centre, bent over a laptop drinking lukewarm coffee. I’d been invited down to the Daytona kart track in Milton Keynes, England, for an endurance event put on by Race Drivers Inc, a young company which has been established to act as a racing drivers’ club without all the stuffiness. Say the words “racing drivers’ club” in Britain and your first thought is a swanky clubhouse at Silverstone and a bunch of rules and regulations that are as antiquated as a large number of the members. But this new club had been set up to be a meeting place for racers at all levels. It’s a club where the more experienced can advise the youngsters, be it on racing lines for their upcoming race at Snetterton, or about the pitfalls of sponsor functions. They’ve got PR advisors, fitness coaching, and the whole thing’s just intended to be a chilled out way for racers to get together and share the wealth of knowledge that they’ve accrued. The club’s organiser, Barry Scott, greeted me on arrival with a huge grin and the news that I was being placed in a group with GT3 driver Chris Dymond, Formula Renault hot-shoe Alice Powell, and my old mate, GP2 racer Karun Chandhok. The sun shone intermittently between torrential rain showers and we stood under the tarpaulin drinking tea and eating Mars bars, willing on our team- mates to overcome the constantly changing conditions. Chris and I both got drive-through penalties thanks to over-officiating, but a result of fifth Does breeding improv MIchaEl Scott MotoGP Editor When I wrote here several weeks ago that Moto-2 – the 600cc single-engine production-based replacement for the 250s – was the precursor to a 1000cc production-based Moto-1, there was an element of satire. The thought of supplanting the premier prototype class with something so base was surely only humorous. It seems that the powers that be didn’t quite get the joke. The idea has returned, as a serious proposal from Dorna. But in a slightly different form. Moto-1 bikes (my name for them, not Dorna’s) are not envisaged as a replacement for the 800cc MotoGP class, but a low-cost budget-saving supplement for beleaguered private teams. And consequently a way to recover the rapidly dwindling grid sizes, currently down to just 17. The privateer production-based engines in full-race chassis would run alongside the factory teams’800cc prototypes. Power would be carefully controlled, so as to make sure they stay at the back of the grid. It would be way too embarrassing for a privateer proddie bike to place ahead of a full factory prototype. But it’s a bit of a tightrope. At the same time, they must be fast enough to beat Superbike lap times … it would be absurd if they were slower. Reaction in the paddock was mainly amazement at this bizarre two-tier take on the future of the pinnacle of bike opinion opinion