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GP Week : Issue 122
I can’t believe I drove 2500km for that ... – Email us Something to say? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org The Smoncelli Solution Marco starts 5 seconds before the rest; who qualify in the normal way. In the event that he finishes the race, the 5 seconds are added to his time. I wouldn't expect too many objections to this idea and it would be fun to watch! Tony Mayhew Warwick, UK Cool it, dude Was I the only one who thought during the Canadian Grand Prix that the McLaren garage looked more like back stage at the MOBO's? Lewis great talent that he is needs to re- focus on the task of driving and leave the aspirations of becoming a global megastar till later in his career. Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neil et al let the fame come to them rather than chasing it so early in what could be a great F1 career. Lewis, cut the attitude and the rookie mistakes – you are so much better than that. None of this was apparent when Anthony Hamilton was around. The look of disdain on the face of Ron Dennis spoke volumes! Paul W Sparrow, Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK email@example.com Leave our (F1) engines alone F1 management, get over yourselves, F1 is not that important in the big picture. Leave the engines alone – we don't want piss fart dinky little turbo engines. At the moment we have a brilliant product from a spectator point of view. Don't stuff it up. It's a tiny sport – you only have a miserable 20 or so cars on the grid. Peel back the layers of spin and there isn't much left. Get this green crap out of your heads, it's not relevant, – 99% of the world wouldn't know what an F1 car is. Outside your own little world, F1 is nothing, but to us spectators it is everything Remember, no spectators live or on TV means no sponsors; no sponsors no F1. Learn from NASCAR – they are 1000 times more relevent to the fans than F1 is. Listen to the people, the show is good as it is, most cars finish the race, not like the turbo crap in the past. Mr Todt, step down before you kill it; let real people run it.You can contact me through GPWEEK with a job offer! Russell Ward, Adelaide, Australia. firstname.lastname@example.org I arrIved at the european Grand Prix 35 minutes before the race which, even by my standards, was cutting it fine. I hadn’t overslept. Instead, I had spent the last 35 hours getting there. To be rewarded by a race won lights- to-flag by Mr Sticky-out Finger for the sixth time this season was something of an anti-climax to what had been a pretty epic cross-continental adventure. My journey to Valencia started, I suppose, in the wee small hours of Friday when, having Eurostarred over from Paris and got the bump- and-grid up to Norwich, I arrived at Group Lotus headquarters... at 2am. Surprisingly, the night watchmen were expecting me. You see, I was on a mission. A couple of days earlier I was present at the opening of the new Hethel test track. I’d promised a Lotus Evora road test feature to a magazine with Bruno Senna as the helmsman. But due to the company’s press conference overrunning (at 2.5 hours it may be a record) I was unable to go out for any hot laps. Cue Plan B. Bruno’s new company car would be ready by Friday, I was informed, and why not do the delivery job myself, eh? I get to Valencia in style, Bruno gets his car, and the magazine gets its photo shoot. Three birds and one 162mph stone. And there it was, sitting under the factory’s amber lights. Carbon grey and just 25km on the clock. By the time I swung into the media car park in Valencia it read 2500. That morning, Friday, I had to pop by Jackie Stewart’s house for an interview. When Sir Jackie speaks, not only do you listen you also make sure you have an entire afternoon spare opinion ADAM HAY- NICHOLLS GPWeek Editor The most amazing thing about the MotoGP riders’ current tyre complaints is that they have taken more than two years to surface. anyone who has followed racing for any length of time knows that tyres are the one thing that riders complain about constantly. A tyre that may have been brilliant at the last race but is a tenth or two off the pace this time immediately becomes “crap”. No middle ground. Bridgestone became sole MotoGP suppliers in 2009, and recently renewed until 2014. From the start, riders and everybody else was impressed. Based in far off Japan, even when competing with Michelin, Bridgestone had to decide on their tyre specs well in advance of the event. Where the French company could build special tyres in the middle of a race weekend, Bridgestone had perforce to build un- special tyres, that would work over a wide range of conditions. MICHAEL SCOtt MotoGP Editor opinion Tyres: round, black and (eventually) crap or: The quiet life of a motorsport journalist 20