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GP Week : Issue 100
Where in the World? Pub Quiz makes Sin Email us Something to say? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Conspiracy theorist You have to laugh. Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull hesitates for a few hundred metres, Mark Webber flashes by, and the "experts" start talking about team orders, conspiracy, and whether Mark Webber is being favoured ... How deflating, therefore, to discover that his "engine problem" was in fact a jammed brake, which cleared itself next time Vettel hit the brakes! Or did it? Could this be yet another ruse, another trumped-up way of implementing control from pit lane? Actually ... only joking. For goodness sakes experts, take a valium! Matt St John Manchester, UK Rossi handicapped? Funny how much slower Valetino's bike now seems to be since he announced his move to Ducati. If this is a betrayal by this Japanese manufacture toward the man who put them back on top with several World Championships then they deserve no support from fair-minded fans. Also obvious that Casey's Ducati has not slowed up. At least there is one honourable manufacturer. Mitchell Dicksen email@example.com It's a wide, wide World ... With all this talk of the Korean Grand Prix possibly failing etc, I just wanted to voice my support of F1 going east, and how sick I am of this whole "let's keep it in Europe" attitude! I understand that the whole Korea situation has been handled badly -- yes we don't want another Bahrain -- and yes I realise we have Europe to thank for Grand Prix racing as we know it. But last time I checked it's a WORLD championship and, here in Australia, we have it hard enough having to watch all the races at 10pm Sunday nights. And the one race we do have is constantly under pressure because Europeans don't even want to watch ONE race at an inconvenient time, which would be Sunday morning. There are F1 fans outside Europe! John Bagusauskas, Adelaide, Australia firstname.lastname@example.org I do wish they'd publish next season's calendar either earlier in the season or after the season but not in September when we're all 'cream-crackered' and, with the layout of this year's final rounds, flat broke. Don't get me wrong, I love the travel. But paying for it exhausts me much more than the 20 hour flight in cattle, which is the way it goes unfortunately for us freelancers. Economy flight to Singapore? That'll be £700. Hotel for five nights? £1,000 minimum, unless you want to pay by the hour. And they screw you for internet at most circuits -- around £100 for the weekend for us to promote their country. Sheeesh. Flyaways cost us at least £2,000 each and European races are only marginally cheaper. A 20 race calendar? You do the maths. One hundred issues of GPWeek? It doesn't cover it (but it all helps). Next year's calendar is at least logical. But there's nothing logical about where Brazil is placed in this season's schedule. It's an expensive continent to fly to, South America, just for one round. I haven't volunteered to miss a race since I started this writing lark back in '05, but I'm about to. Can't justify going. Not when it's so unlikely the opinion ADAM HAY- NICHOLLS GPWeek Editor It was, as ever, the forthright Casey (right) who articulated it. There are too many races in Spain. It seems, he went on, that other countries take a back seat when it comes to getting GP rounds. There are loads of tracks that he'd like to race on, and loads of countries which would like a MotoGP. He was, of course, completely right. Admittedly Aragon was a stand-in for the doubly-collapsed Hungarian round, stepping into the breech at the last minute. And admittedly the new track is a beauty: far rather race here than silly little car-park Valencia, for example. In spite of the lack of hotels . . . many teams and paddock folk had to drive an hour or more to the track in the morning, and another hour home at night. But with four rounds in Spain this year plus one over the border in Portugal, it's too many. Take another step back and you observe that of 18 races, eight of them -- almost half -- are held in three countries: Spain, Italy and America, the last each having two races. Nothing in Africa or Latin America; no Belgium, no India, no Russia or Crimea, no Canada or New Zealand, no Austria. Stoner was then asked where he would like to race. And he had trouble answering. He even found himself proposing a return to Jarama, until somebody pointed out that Jarama was also in Spain. So, to be fair, Dorna's liking for staying at home in Spain is justified by circumstances. There really aren't that many circuits in the world that are up to MotoGP standards, especially safety standards. MICHAEL SCOTT MotoGP Editor opinion 26