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GP Week : Issue 56
letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org One happy customer What an amazing weekend of fallen favourites, in both F1 and, literally, MotoGP. Am I wrong in thinking that Hamilton's performance is more than a flash-in-thepan? After all, it is not as if he used KERS to pass people, and won using it on the straight to hold up a queue of faster cars. The McLaren appeared to have genuine pace and drove away from the winning Red Bull of two weeks earlier in the early laps. But I truly don't know what to make of the Brawn team performance. They may have been put off stride by what happened on Saturday, but judging from Jenson Button's in-car talk, they have problems. It is not like it was cold at this race! And then there was Donington. Fascinating script. Both Yamaha stars fall off, Stoner gambles and loses on tyres. What a podium. What a year. Calvin J Brightwater West Bromwich, UK Morning shock in Oz Here in Australia we go to bed straight after the F1 races (except when MotoGP follows immediately after), so I woke up this morning to the astounding news that Renault hadn't been fined big bucks for their loose wheel; they hadn't been fined grid spots for the next race; no, they have been BANNED completely from the Spanish Grand Prix! I cannot believe the so-called stewards in F1 are this naive and stupid. Apart from anything else, the Valencia promoter will explode – no Alonso in Spain??? Surely he will have huge contractual come-backs? A decision such as this just shows how random important decisions are in this sport, and how it is time for a complete make-over, starting at the top. I like the sound of Mr Vatanen ... Michael Theopolous Annandale, NSW, Australia Get well Felipe I'm sure you will get a lot of correspondence on it, but I'd like to join tjose who will want to wish Felipe Massa all the best, and hope he is bck soon. I'm not a Ferrari fan (in fact I hate them), but that was an incredibly unlucky worngplace-wrong-time thing to happen. Alison Braithwaite Watford, UK 22 Consistent inco … and over-rea chRiS laMBDeN Publisher Have they gone stark-staring mad? The decision to suspend the Renault F1 team from the next race is simply bizarre, and smacks of the inconsistency of decision for which the sport is now becoming infamous. My colleague Mr Buxton refers in his personal piece (page XX) to the stewards’ decision to look at Kimi Raikkonen’s first corner actions after the race – rather than immediately, which was the case for Mark Webber just two weeks earlier – as yet another part of the compelling case for full-time, permanent (and consistent) stewards for Formula 1. The suspension of Renault, for apparently knowingly sending Fernando Alonso out with a loose wheel, is an absurd, heavy-handed overreaction . On that basis, Brawn should be back in the shed for the rest of the season – after all, their car fell apart ontrack and showered a following car with debris, including a heavy object, which hurt, and might just as easily have killed the driver. In the case of Renault, it is clear that people, humans, made a mistake or two, starting with the wheel-man himself. That there was subsequent confusion in the moments that followed is not unique. It happens. Mistakes are made. A fine is appropriate. But out for a race? Please … In the quietness of his post-race recovery, I hope Felipe Massa’s unfortunate accident is viewed as just that. Over the weekend, there were slightly hysterical calls from both Rubens Barrichello and, to a degree, Lewis Hamilton, that “F1 Safety must be Goodbye to Schitzo Michael Scott MotoGP editor IT’s hard to say goodbye. especially after 23 years. Donington Park stepped in to take over the British GP after bikes fell from favour at silverstone (one too many hamburger stands burned in the paddock, I seem to recall) way back in 1987. ever since it has been a more-orless unchanging home to the race, itself the bastard son of the original British GP, the Isle of Man TT. Goodbye it was, however, remembered in the trudge through the muddy carparks, the wait under the umbrellas, the bad food outlets, the fascinating swoops down Craner Curves – so graceful yet so treacherous. But there was not too much sentiment. A straw poll round the paddock proved that at least as many of the old hands are more looking forward to moving back to Silverstone than regretting leaving Donington. Looking back kindly, it is easy to recall that Donington has had some fascinating races. They range from badweather epics to heroic finales. Then again, the same is true of countless circuits: it’s possible for certain tracks to opinion opinion