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GP Week : Issue 115
– Email us Something to say? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org WRC Road -sweeper solution #2? Surely the solution is simple. At the end of each day let the fastest 6 (up to 10) drivers choose their start position for the following day. The fastest gets first choice, second fastest has second choice and so on. This ensures that we all get what we want; spectators see drivers trying to win stages and drivers get the start position they want by out- performing the competition. And it is fair. Thanks to all at GP WEEK, it's concise, well informed and has great photos. I only found you last year but find the archive great for reminding myself what really happened in the recent past. Tony Mayhew Warwick, UK Ten out of ten for DRS You haven't been able to say it that often over recent years, but the shirts at the FIA do seem to have got it right with the DRS rear wing thing. There were comments on the TV commentary that it might have been TOO effective, or used too early in Turkey, but that is debatable. When you think about it, DRS simply replaces what was once a really good 'tow' that dirty air from the back of a modern GP car doesn't create. And all that aside, it does promote passing, and how. There may well be little effect at Monaco, but roll on Barcelona! Timothy Llewellyn Brisbane, Australia Should've stayed on the couch While Turkey produced a lot of 'ups' the big down was Michael Schumacher. If ever there was an illustration of the folly of the comeback, it is watching the Schumacher aura crumble. The sight of a former champion being done over by a succession of young bucks was almost, almost, sad. There are those who believe Michael's dominance was due to Ferrari's technical leadership at the time, Ferrari budget, Bridgestone designing a tyre to suit Ferrari and compliant team-mates. And on the evidence, they may be right. Tom J Kirk Worcester, MA, USA I elected to miss the Turkish Grand Prix, having suffered a rather uncomfortable incident with a kebab there a couple of years ago. But while I set a new personal record for ‘pitstops’ that weekend, it was nothing compared to Sunday. It was the busiest pitlane since Donington 1993. With four stops being the order of the day, the final tally came to 82, keeping the pit crews very busy indeed. While there were a few mistakes – such as Lewis Hamilton’s front-right wheelnut problem, and Ferrari’s rather unsafe release of Felipe Massa alongside the McLaren – by and large the lads kept their heads, so well done for that. It was another breathless, thrilling raceandIhavetosayIamaDRSfan, having chosen not to diss the system until we’d had a few races to evaluate it. However, while the balance in China was perfect – and there the most important moves of the race all happened away from the DRS zone – I think there will be some complaints that it was too easy in Turkey. Nico Rosberg, whose car doesn’t like running on full tanks, was a sitting duck for the first third of the race. The German did a terrific job to keep plugging away and finish where he did. But once again, where was Michael Schumacher? In the wars, that’s where, and you can tell from his body language that he’s starting to question himself. One argument is that Michael doesn’t know how to drive in the midfield, having fought from the front his whole career. He doesn’t seem to know when to give up. His reaction to Vitaly Petrov’s manoeuvre was not the smartest thing to do, turning in on the Russian who clearly had the corner, and losing his front wing in the process. It didn’t work against Jacques Villeneuve either, did it Michael? But I think we might be seeing a new Schumacher era – and Schumi isn’t invited. I’m talking, of course, of Baby Schumi, Sebastian Vettel. He’s got it all – the skill, the car, the tyre management, pretty solid reliability if we overlook KERS (which worked fine in Turkey). Everyone is looking at that opinion ADAM HAY- NICHOLLS GPWeek Editor Schumi 2 on the rise as the original contemplates mortality The premier-class MotoGP rider war has been hotting up nicely in the week after the Portuguese race. They ’re calling each other names now. Quite choice names, in the case of Rossi. The riders whinging about wild man Simoncelli’s riding tactics are, he opined, “pussies”. This is meat and drink to the papers. Especially in Spain and Italy. If it wasn’t already personal, they will make it so. But of course, especially in Rossi’s case, racing has to be personal. Every aspect of your relationship with other riders is that of enmity. “It is the law of the jungle.” The argument, triggered when Lorenzo dubbed Simoncelli “dangerous” in an interview, and inflamed when the Italian hit back in public, has underlined some interesting playground dynamics, although few surprises. Rossi isn’t the oldest boy in the class, but he is the most influential. And probably the cleverest, too. MICHAEL SCOtt MotoGP Editor opinion CATFIGHT ON THE MOTOGP GRID 22