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GP Week : Issue 109
GPWEEK OPINION >> Champ on top – but new boys win Man of Match End of an unloved era improvement in the variety of racing. Not always up front, admittedly, where life is often rather austere. But certainly from third backwards. Or am I just getting used to racing life in the electronic era, so that (as for a long spell in F1) an overtake becomes something to treasure in the memory? Anyway, I foresee a season of good racing ahead, in spite of the likely dominance of Stoner. Things happen in racing, and one or two non-finishes can make an awful lot of difference overall. And then the 800s will be gone, replaced by the next attempt at litre- size bikes. Some hope for a return to simpler days, of big bruisers sliding under brakes and wheelspinning round the corners, just as the first 990s did in 2002, but that is not going to happen. Quite apart from the control- tyre influence, they will be running with exactly the same fuel allocation as the current 800s, a meagre 21 litres. Wheelspin will definitely be out of the question. Will the 800 era, with the rose-tinted specs of reminiscence, ever be missed? Possibly so. I have a strong hope that this year might be one to remember. have obviously boosted his self- confidence and narrowed his focus. We knew the Renault was hot stuff, and I said before the season it would take regular podiums and maybe a win. But, the crucial question was, do they have the driving talent to deliver that? It was a big question mark. Robert Kubica’s boots are on the large side. Many have speculated what Kubica could have done on Sunday in that car. That’s something that will have to go unanswered, but it’s pretty clear who that team’s main hope is now, and it’s not Nick Heidfeld. Renault had to choose between Nick and Tonio Liuzzi when the unwelcome task of replacing Kubica had to happen. Liuzzi, by the way, was an absolute hero for getting the HRT within stabbing distance of the Virgins. What’s the betting Tonio’s new manager Enrico Zanarini is on the phone to Eric Boullier today? Heidfeld will need to raise his game dramatically in Malaysia, just like Mr Webber. 21