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GP Week : Issue 86
GPWEEK OPINION >> nda found its mojo? to cost far more -- it is going to cost the broadcaster more and it is going to cost the consumer more. "When all three of us are ready to get together, then I think it will happen. It is one thing saying you want, but another taking your share of the responsibility to bring it. When we see more people take up HD at home as a basic service, that will be the tipping point. It is on all of us to make it happen -- but when it does it will be awesome." The 3D footage we saw proved that this is much further away from reality. 3D is a perfect medium for watching animated films and playing video games, but for live sports -- particularly F1 -- it's currently unsuitable. As the camera tracks the car across the screen it blinks, and it actually made my eyes ache. Bernie joked it wasn't 3D -- "it's one and a half D!" But the biggest stumbling block is that 3D cannot be broadcast live -- at least, not yet. So don't rush out and buy a 3D TV just yet. But as for HD, you will want to see F1 in this medium, believe me. Email mail@ gpweek.com and we'll forward your views to Bernie and the broadcasters. And let us know how much you might be willing to pay per race for an HD feed ... s away -- will it be worth it? man Dani for the better. Now at Mugello he was immaculate, reeling off lap after perfect lap at almost qualifying pace. He broke the record on his fine but lonely ride, one set in 2008, when tyres were free, and you could use as many engines as you damn-well needed. Carry on like this, and Dani could be as indomitable as he was back on the 250 Honda. All this, however, fails to take in the signal fact about the Italian GP. It was a race without Rossi. The irony is this: even without being there, he managed to leave enough scrambled egg behind for some of it to get onto Honda's face. Nobody can race a ghost, so it is fruitless to speculate whether the absent superstar, at his favourite track, would have been in front of Pedrosa or behind. But there was more than a race here. There is a title fight as well. And with Rossi absent, Lorenzo arrived at Mugello with a very handy point lead over his fellow-Spaniard of 30 points. Riding conservatively, he could leave with a 25-point lead, as long as beat Dovizioso, and he's done that often enough before. He can be confident that there will be tracks coming up where he won't have to accept second. Being able to come second is the mark of a mature rider. Maturity is something that Lorenzo has shown already this year, as well as undiminished speed. It begins to look more and more as though Honda's revival was because of Lorenzo's tactical approach. And that in turn was the consequence of Rossi's absence. Rossi proved once again to Honda the original assertion that drove him to quit HRC for Yamaha in 2004: It's the rider that makes the difference. Even when he is a ghost. 23