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GP Week : Issue 118
– Email us Something to say? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Restart regs suck 2011 has, so far , been a brilliant season even though Vettel is running away with the championship. Today's race at Monaco was evolving into the most exciting so far but we were let down by a ridiculous rule – fancy allowing tyre changes and mechanical repairs under a red flag situation when the intention was to re-start the race! Surely this should be a parc ferme situation? If they had continued under a safety car it would have been frustrating for Button, but that would have been fairer than the farce of Alonso and Vettel getting new tyres thus nulifying Buttons carefully planned advantage. The last 6 laps were totally pointless. John Atkins, South Africa email@example.com Have the rules in F1 changed? I can't remember so much work on cars, including tyre changes, being allowed before. If I'm wrong, then it's time for a change of rules – with startegy so important these days it's bad enough that people get to catch up under a Safety Car, but it's worse when they can all put on new tyres and nullify what was looking like a grandstand finsh. Michael Andersson Poole, UK Time to go ... Felipe Perhaps it is time for Felipe Massa to think of something else to do. I read with inerest on the net his bleating about Lewis Hamilton nudging him around the hairpin. Unless it has slipped my memory, Felipe, this is called Motor RACING, not Motor Processional. If you think what happened to you is bad, flick across to some NASCAR sometime. Good on you Lewis; it's great to see someone having a real go after a bit of bad luck in qualifying. William Kemp Melbourne, Australia It worked so don't fix it F1 drivers note: the safety equipment did its job in Monaco at the weekend brilliantly. Several sizeable shunts and no real injuries. So please, let's not emasculate another track on the spurious grounds of 'safety'. It's fine. Thomas Flaherty Boston, Mass, US Lewis Hamilton’s controversial comments to the BBC fresh from yesterday ’s race rather overshadowed, in the UK at least, what was the best race so far of an already thrilling season and the best Monaco Grand Prix in many a year. To Lewis first. I would like to build a case in his defence. First of all I like drivers who speak their mind. We want emotion; we want them to vent. This is sport after all, and sport is meant to be about passion. Even if they come out with things that are daft. Lewis seemed as out-of-control in the paddock TV scrum as he had on two occasions during the race. But the Ali G reference was a joke and, fortunately for him, the stewards recognized this. Repor ts that Lewis ‘played the race card’ are presumptive, and the FIA was wise not to respond to the reference. Calling the other drivers “stupid” was ill-advised though, for whatever he says about Massa and Maldonado turning in too early the fact is that in both cases he was too far back. He’ll realize that too when he’s had a chance to calm down. While Lewis was in the sin bin my Man of the Match was Jenson Button, whose strategy looked supreme until Massa triggered the Safety Car on lap 33 of 78. Hampered by traffic he made a second stop to get new boots opinion ADAM HAY- NICHOLLS GPWeek Editor Never be fooled by the charm of Valentino Rossi. Behind the impish grin there is a ruthless killer. The dynamics of a so- far very promising 2011 season are showing all sides of that instinct. Not only Rossi. This year, for various reasons, the racing has got really personal. Punches, insults and imprecations resound all around. It is time to watch, and learn from the master. Rossi likes nothing better than to take a rival’s reputation, and systematically tear it to shreds: verbally, cleverly, and most importantly on the track. Vide Max Biaggi, Sete Gibernau, and latterly Jorge Lorenzo. Although in the case of Jorge, it hasn’t worked quite so well. The project continues nonetheless. These are psycho- wars; they are important. And Rossi has been handed a pouch of free ammunition. The current bickering about Simoncelli and his dangerous riding has played right into his hands. Lorenzo is leading the safety chorus, and it is a choir of many voices. But the champion’s position is not comfortable; for every comment about danger lays him wide open to accusations of . .. timidity at best, and a lack of racing spunk. MICHAEL SCOtt MotoGP Editor opinion Rossi’s Master-class in racing’s Psycho-war Cars should restart on the same rubber 20