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GP Week : Issue 121
– Email us Something to say? Email us at email@example.com On the other hand ... This is the first time I've had a read of your e-zine and, although I am mightily impressed with the content, I had to put 'pen to paper' metaphorically, because I had to disagree with Adam Hay-Nicholls' comments regarding the brilliant win by Jenson Button in Canada at the weekend. Within his 'Opinion' column he intimated that the stewards chose not to take any action regarding the comings together with Hamilton and Alonso, suggesting that regarding the Hamilton accident, Hamilton 'saw Jenson look in his mirror' and that Hamilton was the victim. These suggestions are simply preposterous. Having watched the footage a couple of times before committing my thoughts to this email, I have to say that, yes Jenson did check his mirror as he took the racing line and all he saw was spray in the split second after his mirror check. Lewis was heading for a rapidly closing gap. I'd suggest that had Jenson actually seen Lewis he would have given him room as he has done in the recent past. As to Lewis seeing Jenson check his mirror ... yeah right! Sorry Adam, but with the rooster- tail that was coming off Jenson's car I'd be surprised if Lewis could see Jenson's mirror let alone see Jenson check it. I agree, it was a racing incident nothing more, but I think Lewis was at fault if blame has to be apportioned. He has been racing long enough to know that in those conditions caution pays, however, no harm no foul. Alonso however is a different matter. In my humble opinion its my view that if anyone was the victim it has to be Jenson. Clearly faster and getting the whole car down the inside of the Spaniard's Ferrari (the on board footage from the Ferrari shows this) Jenson had the line into the chicane Alonso turned in on him. The fact that Jenson's tyre was punctured yet his front wing was undamaged from the contact is proof enough, (if Jenson was further back his front wing would have gone AWOL). Alonso should have been penalised for causing an avoidable accident, which he probably would have been if he'd not got beached on the kerb! Graham Dalley (UK) firstname.lastname@example.org (A bit longer than our normal emails, but Mr Dalley had plenty to say! Try to keep emails short and to the point, people! Thanks for joining us, Graham). Last week I was on the airport train from Newark to New York’s Penn Station. The view from the window was of abandoned New Jersey warehouses, ugly refineries billowing smoke, and typically American truck stops. And then a silver edifice with a familiar logo on the roof came into view as we rolled through the little town of Harrison. This was the Red Bull Arena, home of the soccer team New York Red Bulls. And it was massive. It seats 25,000 people and cost an estimated US$200 million to build. That’s a pretty major investment in what is still a niche sport in America – football or, to them, soccer. But America’s interest in the beautiful game is growing, and the catalyst was David Beckham. Beckham’s style and celebrity were all it took to attract first time viewers. The fact he isn’t American didn’t matter. Having attended Mobil 1’s car swap event with Lewis Hamilton and Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen last week it’s clear that America could learn to love Lewis. The feeling is mutual. His sometimes brash self- confidence but consummate PR skills work well over there. Plus he’s got the American pop star girlfriend, and he’s over there a lot with his celebrity pals. His profile is on the up, more thanks to TMZ than ESPN. I think it’s fair to say that if America were to nominate the Beckham of Formula One they would look past Button, Vettel and Alonso and chose Hamilton. Speed TV ran a one-hour special the night of the car swap, and this was a brilliant way to introduce NASCAR followers to F1, ahead of its debut in Austin next year (and for the latest pictures from the site of the Circuit of the Americas, don’t miss next week’s GP WEEK). Ex- Benetton spanner monkey turned opinion ADAM HAY- NICHOLLS GPWeek Editor It was the film ‘Senna’ that made me think about it. As you’ve doubtless already been told a thousand times, the documentary about Ayrton is brilliant: the in-car is footage brutally impressive, and his fascinating character is skilfully exposed. Senna’s intellect is obvious and, even to an agnostic, his religious beliefs strangely inspiring. I have always believed that the top champions in motor sport, and probably most sports – I mean the guys who set new standards and achieve serial success – cannot do so without a special level of intelligence. It may not always be articulately expressed, although it often is. In some cases, it may be more akin to animal cunning. But it is powerfully there all the same. As powerfully as the equally essential ruthlessness. MICHAEL SCOtt MotoGP Editor opinion MotoGP's Senna? To America, Hamilton is the new Beckham 20