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GP Week : Issue 58
>>GPWEEKOPINION rightly one of the greatest considerations of the sport. And yet one of the surest ways of ensuring safety is to thoroughly test both cars and drivers to guarantee that they are up to standard to compete in the championship that declares itself the pinnacle of world motorsport. Cost saving is a huge consideration, of course, in this day and age, but it should e speed reporter Mick Woollett, was postwar Moto-Guzzi teamster Fergus Anderson. But Mick also thought it had come from before then. From pre-war superstar Stanley Woods, perhaps – in his time as big an international star as Rossi is today? Again, might as well be. It was the sort of thing the wonderfully wise and cheerful Woods might have said. If so, he was only echoing the words of a number of car racers, including Juan-Manuel Fangio, and doubtless others before him. Doesn’t really matter. The principal is as old as racing itself. never come at the expense of safety. Alguersuari was cruelly dubbed the most dangerous man in Formula 1 before he’d even turned a wheel and all for a situation not of his making. And the sad thing is not only that he and most probably Grosjean have been put into this ridiculous situation, but that they’ve only been handed that daunting opportunity because of their affiliations with the teams. How is a kid who isn’t lucky enough to be on an F1 team’s books ever supposed to get a similar shot, no matter how ill prepared his debut might be, if the teams aren’t free to test them? For the future of this sport’s young drivers, and for the safety of its current stars, this testing ban needs to be rethought. And rethought fast. And Rossi has been giving the current generation a high-level education in the art. Never a man for the runaway win (“That’s not my style,” he told me once), he is not only aware of the need to make a show for the spectators, but actually seems to enjoy it all more when it goes to the wire. His career is awash with close wins in the same way as Dani Pedrosa’s victories tend to be lonely, and by miles (Casey Stoner also seems to prefer the runaway, but is prepared to fight when he has to). What this does to Rossi’s legend is very profound. Not so much for the fans. They’re surely satisfied with the daring of his last-corner pass on Lorenzo at Catalunya this year (and of Sete Gibernau at Jerez back in 2005). But there is more to it, a dimension to strike fear into his competitors’ hearts. The technique means that nobody knows the full extent of his capability. Nobody really knows how hard he is having to try. They have no idea just how far he is being pushed, how much talent he has to spare. It may only be a smidgeon of half a percent, for all we know. But as long as Rossi keeps winning at the slowest possible speed, and smiling as he does it, it will remain his secret. Just another one that makes him so formidable. 2