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GP Week : Issue 114
– Email us Something to say? Email us at email@example.com Road -sweeper solution? I note with interest that the WRC are once again considering changing running order regulations in order to remove the current difficulty with road-sweeping on gravel surface events. Personally, I find the current practice of stopping mid-stage to gamble on running order for the following day’s competition to be a frustrating exercise. I appreciate that WRC is a tactical sport, but this seems to be a case of road conditions having a more than reasonable influence on the potential results. I can’t help but wonder if the solution is to allow (enforce?) each manufacturer to run one non-competing car at the front of the field, as a dedicated road sweeper. It would give the manufacturers increased (local) exposure, give the opportunity to blood new/young drivers on real WRC stages, and reduce the significance of the running order. Manufacturers could run detuned previous-generation cars to ensure reliability and reduce cost to a manageable level. The information communicated from road sweepers back to the competing crews would only serve to increase safety. Thanks for GPWeek, an enjoyable read each Monday. Scott Guyatt, Australia firstname.lastname@example.org Tell it like it is! I hope a whole lot of F1 drivers and other ‘politically’ correct racing drivers were watching MotoGP last weekend, especially the matter-of-fact exchange between Jorge Lorenzo and Marco Simoncelli. No politically-correct sponsor-conscious niceties there! The two got well and truly stuck into each other, on the topic of each other’s riding style and race incidents and it made for great TV. MotoGP and F1 can and have learned from each other in the past (mainly MotoGP showing the way in my view) and here is another example. That’s why I love MotoGP so much (as well as the action- man racing), and suggest that F1 could in this case look and learn Martin K Penlington Hull, UK I had to read Bahrain’s press release on Saturday twice because I thought I was missing something. Is the race on or off? Never has a communiqué been more ambiguous. Bernie and Bahrain are playing for time. Ultimately it’s down to the FIA to decide if the race returns to the calendar, this year or any other. One consideration is security, another is perception. Should the race go ahead, F1 will be used as a political pawn and that is not in the sport’s interest. It could be damaging to F1’s image, even if democracy has never been high on its internal agenda. Britain’s royal family no longer has the reins of power, but Friday showed they are respected and loved by the majority of the country and abroad. Bahrain’s royal family established the Grand Prix in order to sell their kingdom to the world, before they started murdering their own people. Will and Kate’s wedding has upped UK plc’s stock while Bahrain’s price has crashed. Other countries, be they republics, kingdoms or dictatorships, could learn a lot from Britain. I would have enjoyed being in Blighty last week for real ale and flag-flying, for everyone seems to have had a whale of a time. Instead I was in Los Angeles, where wedding fever dominated discussion, and then Hockenheim for the DTM on wedding day itself. That was a bit of an error, for no-one in Germany opinion ADAM HAY- NICHOLLS GPWeek Editor BAHRAIN ISN’T IN THE SCRIPT ... “Deadly rivals on the track, best of friends off it.” The cliché is dearly loved by some in racing. They live in a dream world. Thankfully, they were given a rude awakening at Estoril, with an outbreak of sincere enmity from several high profile riders that stopped only a little short of actual fisticuffs. There were two particular cases. The first involved Stoner and Rossi, and was, perhaps fortunately, conducted by remote control: each criticising the other in his absence. The second was proper face to face, mano e mano. It happened at the post-qualifying Press conference, between Jorge Lorenzo, former terror of the 250 class, and Marco Simoncelli (ditto). Lorenzo had fingered the Italian in an interview earlier in the week, accusing him of being a dangerous rider. Asked for his reaction, Simoncelli was off, his booming voice echoing and wild hair towering over the World Champion sitting alongside. MICHAEL SCOtt MotoGP Editor opinion Best of ... enemies – oh yes! 20