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GP Week : Issue 92
no difference to the upper reaches of the championship. But the gesture might make a big difference to Suzuki, whose management has for some time been a bit iffy about GP racing. Hence race-department resources and investment quite minuscule compared with those at Honda, and in consequence a continuing decline in performance. MotoGP will thus demonstrate its eagerness to keep Suzuki in the fold. At least for one more year, anyway. There are a few other rules that could do with a tickle. Like the one that prevented Bautista and Espargaro taking part in the second running at Germany last week. Introduced to prevent any rider causing a race -stopping crash from benefitting in any way; now it punished innocent victims as well. Well, at least it saved race distance on another Suzuki engine. GPWEEK OPINION >> politics at 200mph ... ... sometimes struggling on hard tyres (he may have been, but not so much that Alonso could pass legitimately) and that the Brazilian volunteered to move over for the good of the team (that two-year contract extension may have helped twist his arm -- lord knows what clauses are in there). For the second race in succession, the public was given a peek into F1 office politics at 200mph, thanks to the radio. Ironically, if we were to ditch the pit-car radios, team orders would be a lot harder to manage. In championship terms, you can see why Ferrari did it. Fernando was 31 points ahead going into this race. He has a shot at the title if Ferrari can keep up this level of performance, a better shot than his team mate. Afterwards, all the central characters -- Felipe, Fernando, and Stefano Domenicalli -- banged the teamwork drum. The team, they said, comes first. But I don't believe it should be that way. I really don't consider F1 to be a team sport. There's only one guy in that car, even if 500 people built it. The best drivers are selfish drivers. Which is why Alonso's so good. Shame he wasn't good enough on Sunday to pull off a pass unaided. $100,000 strikes me as a lucky escape. That's half the price of a new Ferrari -- I don't think they'll struggle to pay the fine. I would have been tempted to take their constructors points away. As for the further discussion at the World Council meeting, this will be a test of Jean Todt's presidency. Todt, of course, was running the show the last time (well, probably not the last time, but the last obvious time) Ferrari stage-managed a one-two. That is not to say Todt won't be impartial, but I think we all know it will be swept under the carpet to prevent further embarrassment to the sport. The best course of action, though, would be to put Ferrari on a two-year probation. If they do it again during that time, they get keel hauled. Felipe and the fans deserved better. 23