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GP Week : Issue 120
– Email us Something to say? Email us at email@example.com Babes in the wet First of all congratulation on the immense job you are doing, no doubt about it. Please keep it up 'cos I haveńt missed any issue of GPWEEK! I have got three comment really: first is the silly Safety Cars that destroy the race every time therés a bit of rain. What happened to races like Suzuka, Fuji, Interlagos that gave us so much enjoyment due to spectacular wet races? And then they (FIA + Mr. BE) have the audacity to speak of artificial wet race! Why bother? Second, with due respect for the Safety marshalls at GPs, they need to be put through their paces. The two incidents (first with Vettel on the Wall of Champions and then in the race trying to recover Heidfeld́s wing) we saw this weekend must not repeat, 'cos it makes them look silly. The third: great race by Jenson. Lewis should just calm down a bit. I am his fan but no-one can win races one the first lap. Belarmino Almeida, Luanda - Angola firstname.lastname@example.org I will need to check out GPWEEK to see exactly what happened in Canada. Why? After watching the Silverstone MotoGP, where it was raining, the riders put on wets and lined up for the start, and raced, I set the alarm for 2.30am and got up to see a damp track, not raining, and a START BEHIND THE SAFETY CAR! At this point I went back to bed and had a good night's sleep, If F1 is not prepared to provide a proper racing start and just mollycoddles its 'racing drivers' it has just lost one more regular viewer. Pathetic. PS: I heard it was, eventually a good race – that is not the point. F1 supporters are being short-changed by the politically correct 'Safety' Police. PPS: Congrats Mark Webber on leading the stand on Bahrain. At least someone in F1 has principles. Matt Corchoran West Ryde, Sydney, Australia Shock tactics Did you see the shocked look on Vettel's face? Like Michael before him, he coiuldn't understand how he actually made a mistake! Well done Jenson! Steven Partridge Northampton, UK The signs that Sunday would be a long afternoon were there from the start, literally, with the Canadian Grand Prix commencing under the Safety Car. Now, I do not bemoan the red flag and the two hours of seeing drivers prune-up like they were in a bath. By this time – lap 25 – it really was undriveably wet and the only thing the race director could do was wait for the heavens to pass. But the Safety Car start was inexplicable to me and, from what we heard over their radios, nonsense to the drivers as well. Was it that a few days roaming continental North America turned the FIA on to IndyCar-style starts and fear of a few drops from overhead? At over four hours long (4:04.537 to be exact), this was the longest grand prix in the championship’s history. Tough for the drivers, tougher for the TV commentators. The Queen announced her birthday honours the next day. I hope she remembers the BBC F1 team next time. Jenson Button MBE proved deserving of his gong (although I hasten to add they give MBE’s out in cornflakes packs. How come Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill were gifted the more senior OBE for their title- winning exploits, and all Jenson and Lewis get are the party hats?) with a truly epic drive. For a while there, undergoing two investigations and serving a drive-thru, a top ten was looking unlikely. He was dead last. A nightmare weekend for McLaren. Ron Dennis might well have been seen wondering towards his car with a bottle of Scotch and a hosepipe under his arm. But then, things change awfully fast at this race track. Not since Brazil 2003 has the race winner led only the final lap. The McLaren’s pace was blistering, and under pressure Sebastian Vettel opinion ADAM HAY- NICHOLLS GPWeek Editor MotoGP has always been comfortable with one fact. We may be poor relations of the cars. But we have the better racing. Hmmmm. A highly fruitful campaign of rule-meddling in F1 means one is nowadays glued to the screen. Been years since that’s happened. Sadly, it coincides with the end of an increasingly bleak period of stability for MotoGP. A generation of riders have achieved their optimum speeds, and can do them all day long. Practice sorts them into relevant order, and so they proceed. So now, with cars and bikes, it’s the other way around. At the end of the 800cc era, let’s face it, all the old boasts – about how bikes actually overtake one another, and the racing is unpredictable; all those old boasts sound increasingly hollow. And MICHAEL SCOtt MotoGP Editor opinion POOR RELATIONS AGAIN Button: brilliant but not blameless 20