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GP Week : Issue 116
– Email us Something to say? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Three cheers for DRS and KERS. These systems are producing such good racing I am beginning to prefer F1 to Moto GP. As for the complaint that these systems artificially manipulates the result – exactly, and that's what is necessary with systems as artificial as wings. Wings have not much to benefit motor vehicles in general and if they create boring racing, then go ahead and manipulate their negative effects. You never know, eventually the penny may drop and wings may be relegated to aeroplanes and drivers may get back to their skills becoming dominant rather than the engineer's. Thanks for the excellent GP WEEK, great info source and photos. Mike Sinclair, Christchurch, NZ email@example.com Green schmeeen All the talk of F1 going 'green' and the likely move to four-cylinder engines in 2013, raises the question of how much difference changes to the cars will actually make to the environment. Doesn't the CO2 emission of the actual F1 cars on a race weekend become almost insignificant when compared with the energy used to transport the cars, motorhomes and pit set-ups around the globe? It seems like F1 are making a token gesture at the possible expense of real racing fans. Jonathan Gibb, Adelaide, Australia firstname.lastname@example.org Not happy about Marco's drive-through RIP overtaking in MotoGP. To repeat Vali's statement, "what a bunch of PUSSIES". Even ex-GP rider Daryl Beattie had the guts to say he was embarrased by the penalty given out to Simoncelli. Maybe in future we just have qualifying then call it a result.As Mick Harris said, "its racing, not a Knitting contest." DISGUSTING!!! Mitchell Dicksen email@example.com In a word, 'rubbish'. The day the racing died in MotoGP. Don't let them wear you down Marco! Roger Hampstead Chipping Norton, UK Whispers emanated from the Turkish Grand Prix that a fight had broken out at a post-race party. The allegation is that Adrian Sutil had assaulted Eric Lux, right hand man to Gerard Lopez at Genii Capital, owners of Lotus- Renault GP. My immediate reaction was to think of Alan Jones who, when he was at Williams, did what I suspect every driver has wanted to do at one time or another and punched a sponsor square in the face. The allegation in this case sounds even more serious, however, with Lux needing multiple stitches after the nightclub incident. I called Lotus- Renault and Force India to see if it was true. Force India’s spokesman said it was “a private matter”, while Lotus- Renault’s press officer went further, confirming there had been an incident involving one of the Genii people and that it happened after the Chinese Grand Prix. A colleague told me Lux bore scars on his neck. Then I remembered what I’d seen. The party in Shanghai was at M1NT, a fashionable high-rise club where several of the drivers were celebrating, including Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sutil. A lookalike Lady Gaga performed as the drivers watched from a private VIP cabana-type-thing. It was dark inside – you couldn’t see much. Then the crowd parted and, escorted by security, a man emerged with his neck and shirt covered in blood. He was holding the left-side of his neck, looking – as you might imagine – scared shitless. I didn’t recognize the man at first. Thirty seconds later Lewis Hamilton was hurriedly swept through the crowd by security, also. But, contrary to reports, he didn’t leave the club. I saw him in another area an hour later, all smiles. My first thought was that there had been an accident – perhaps this poor fellow had fallen on a table covered in glasses. It happens. I remember it happened to Christian Klein once, in Malaysia. He tripped and crashed onto a table of champagne opinion ADAM HAY- NICHOLLS GPWeek Editor Sutil scandal : I suppose I’m Witness X Back in the days of the 500 two-strokes, riders like Eddie Lawson used to talk about ‘ Honda-lanes’ at the faster tracks. Places where only the Hondas could run the speed. That was a long time ago – 1989, to be precise. But in 2011, after a long absence, it seems that Honda-lanes are back. The difference now is that they apply at all sorts of tracks, and even (which never happened in Lawson’s time) around the corners. Le Mans certainly had them. Writing this after practice but before the race (when, as we all know, anything might happen), the superiority of the final iteration of the hitherto ill-favoured RC212V 800cc V4 Hondas is palpable. The time sheets certainly show it. There are six Hondas on the grid. They took the first four places. Easily. (The absentees were relative rookie Aoyama and the badly off-form Toni Elias.) Then came four Yamahas. And MICHAEL SCOtt MotoGP Editor opinion The Honda-lanes are open 20