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GP Week : Issue 91
Smoke, Hispania repla Email us Something to say? Email us at email@example.com Jorge Lorenzo's engine blow-up during qualifying was a wake-up call to MotoGP. And potentially a very serious incident. The points leader's Fiat Yamaha M1 lunched its engine so comprehensively as it came past the pits that there wasn't only smoke and oil issuing from between his feet, but naked flame as well. In this way, he coasted to a stop down the left-hand side of the track before parking at the entrance to the first corner. The next two riders along had no chance. Spies was the first, skating straight into the gravel trap on his backside. Then came de Puniet, whose tumbling fall crunched him agonisingly into the American's Yamaha. Talking to the riders afterwards, they were basically resigned. This is what can happen when you race four-strokes. They can leak oil. Then other riders can crash on that oil. MICHAEL SCOTT MotoGP Editor opinion If there was a Bloody Good Bloke world championship, the HRT drivers would have the title sewn up. I like the three drivers enormously -- Bruno, Karun and Sakon -- it's just a shame three-into- two doesn't go, and Bruno and Karun are having to play wingman to Sakon's £1.6 million. HRT has big money worries, and Sakon (who impressed at Silverstone by finishing 0.5 seconds behind Chandhok -- not bad at all given he'd hardly driven the car and hadn't raced since 2007) can help keep the bankers at bay. But there were rumours flying around the Silverstone paddock as to how team principal Colin Kolles had got around Bruno's, and subsequently Karun's, contracts. Both drivers are remaining tight- lipped but there's talk of an email exchange becoming a disciplinary matter. Over to Sniff Petrol: Bruno.Senna@hrt.com: 'Hey Col, really looking forward to Silverstone. The car feels great!' Colin.Kolles@hrt.com: 'You sarcastic little twat. You're fired.' HRT's press release sounded ominous this week when it said Karun "is likely to be in the car at some later races this season". KC spent this weekend at Brands Hatch watching WTCC and F2, to get away from the ongoing politics. Karun has dealt with the matter with the kind of grace under fire that comes from being the son of Vicky Chandhok, a likeable power player who is nobody's fool. You can bet that Bernie isn't happy. Bernie and Vicky are close, and Bernie recognizes that Karun is good for business. India is where the money's at. Apparently Karun had a stay of execution in Silverstone, for it was he who was to get the chop at his adopted home GP at first, not Bruno, but a visit from a short mop- topped gentlemen put a stop to that. Both Karun and Bruno are box office draws, so it's not good for business if they're mucked around. But one gets the sense they're opinion ADAM HAY- NICHOLLS GPWeek Editor Short-life tyres? Absolutely not! So Bernie wants short-lived tyres! B***** Hell, why can't we go back to plain and simple racing where the best car/driver wins in a straight contest? Why this enthusiasm for short life tyres? If the tyres on 24 cars are to wear out three times during one race, where's the 'used' rubber going to end up? Off line on the outside of the turns! This means the effective track width will become narrower and narrower as the race progresses, reducing even further any passing opportunities. We need tyres that last the whole race distance and which do not litter the track with marbles, surely! Thanks for a great eMagazine, Roger Bideleux RBideleux@danks.com.au GPWEEK fans Stateside! A lot of random content comes my way each day via the Internet ... work, news, hobbies; but I wanted to let you know that the e-mail link to GPWEEK magazine has become something I actually look forward to. I have been following F1 off and on for 40 years and stay informed via daily motorsport e-mails, RSS, and Twitter. With GPWEEK, I find I am actually taking the time to page through each issue... because it is interesting, informative, and most importantly; I learn something from each issue! Reading GPWEEK has increased my appreciation of other racing series, including WRC and MotoGP and, besides arising at 04:00 (US Pacific time) to view F1 television coverage, my wife and I also look forward to seeing these other televised events when they are available. Keep up the good work ... and best wishes for continued editorial and commercial success! Richard Brennan, San Leandro, CA firstname.lastname@example.org Luv ya Casey ... I just watched the interview with Ducati on One HD and am proud to be an Aussie after hearing how highly regarded Casey Stoner really is at the team. For them to keep the door open for whenever he wishes to return is a true reflection of respect that Casey has earnt (and deserves). We can only hope Honda can share the same respect, as they did for Mick Doohan. Well done Casey. Warren Furze email@example.com 20