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GP Week : Issue 57
letters email us at email@example.com Renault ban: people power So the Valencia organisers are pleading with the FIA to think of the fans. Perhaps they should have added a definition of what a fan is, because the FIA never seem to have understood what they are. 'We do what we do because we can' is what many fans believe to be the dictum of this group of rule makers. Power corrupts, absolute power ... etc. Hopefully the Spanish fans vote with their feet and boycott the race. The organisers will lose but doesn't the money go straight to the FIA anyway? Vote 1 Ari Vatanen, who is more than qualified for the job by being able to superbly drive a car, not just be able to recognise one. Gordon Dicksen Gordon@dqh.com.au ED: Gordon emailed before Michael announced his comeback. Somehow we don't think the Valencia promoters are as concerned as they might have been about Renault! Kimi under the microscope What a bonus in 2009. It is of course a shame that it took an accident to Felipe Massa to do it, but a return, no matter how brief, by the Great One adds some real spice to an already interesting season. How would you like to be Kimi Raikkonen right now? I don't think it is an understatement to suggest that our Finnish friend has his credibility on the line. Nothing short of a clear margin over the former champion will do if Kimi's reputation is to remain intact. Roll on Valencia. Matthew Edwards Nottingham, UK Michael ... Spa, Monza ... Wow Get well soon Felipe, nobody likes to see someone hurt. Especially from such a freak hapening. By the reports it seems Massa will miss several races if not all of those which remain in 2009. So that means Michael Schumacher back in a Ferrari for Spa and Monza. Forget the rest – they are the classic driver tracks, and I can't wait to see them. Andrea Frederico Viareggio, Italy Born to run WIll BuxTOn GPWeek Editor The news of Michael Schumacher’s comeback has, of course, been making all the headlines over the last seven days. With Renault banned from the European Grand Prix at Valencia, (pending the outcome of its appeal), a race which was selling poorly and looked to be doomed to a pitiful turnout may just end up being the best attended of the season. Yes, Schumacher reigned over one of the most boring periods in F1 history, so crushingly dominant was he and Ferrari at that time. But bringing him back in at a time when Ferrari is having to fight for a podium, let alone a win, and placing him in the sport alongside young guns like Vettel and Hamilton can only serve to get an F1 fan excited. It’s the passing of the F1 mantle from one generation to the next. The sight we were denied when Michael retired. For all of the controversy and for all of the sides to the man that made some people dislike him and what he stood for, at the end of it all he’s a seven-time world champion and one of the finest racing drivers this planet has ever seen. Having him back, even if for only a few races, is just a great story. And so it was strange that as F1 fans were salivating over the return of one out-and-out racer, we witnessed the announcement of the departure of another. BMW has motor racing in its DNA, from junior formula to the very top. From tin tops to open wheelers. On four wheels and two. BMW does motorsport in a very big way. So for it to pull out of F1 at the opinion