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GP Week : Issue 123
Red Bull move would be risky for Hamilton – Email us Something to say? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org DRS Thoeretical The battle of the leaders in the Canadian GP was fantastic to watch, but please enlighten me if this theory can work: What if Sebastian Vettel had allowed Button to overtake him just before the hairpin corner (Turn 10)? In so doing Vettel would be less than a second behind Button going over the DRS line. He would then be able to overtake Button and lead the lap over the start finish line and then do the same thing again if Button was still within a second of him coming up to the hairpin. It would effectively be a (slower) race to be second into Turn 10, in order to get the advantage on the straight to the finish. Colin Cane, Johannesburg, South Africa email@example.com Good pick-up Mr Anorak! On page 10 of last week's GPWEEK, the article on the French again looking to host a Grand Prix describes the “memorable” battle between Gilles Villeneuve and Rene Arnoux in 1979 as taking place at Paul Ricard. I hate the thought of sounding like a whinging anorak, or even a know-it-all lap-chart keeper, or even worse, a walking/talking grand prix encyclopaedia ... but the “memorable” race was at Dijon , not Paul Ricard (where, to my knowledge, nothing much memorable has happened apart from the tragic death of Elio de Angelis). How do I know? I was there. Guy Austin GAustin@ridge.co.uk Marketing query re Sticky-out-finger! Having done a number of full-on marketing jobs myself (Cadbury Schweppes, Colgate Palmolive, Saatchi and Saatchi), I can only wonder how Red Bull is persuaded that the annoying Sticky-out- finger from the Costing-Us-A-Load-of-Bucks-Lad is helping shift more of their fizzy stuff. Nigel Marson, Rayong, Thailand firstname.lastname@example.org Yup, coincidence ... GP Week edition 122 had a good coverage of the Valencia F1 GP. GP WEEK=57 pages. Valencia F1GP = 57 laps. A coincidence? Seriously, I thoroughly enjoy each edition of GPWEEK, being an avid F1 and WRC follower. Unfortunately, here in sunny South Africa, we are deprived of both! We therefore have to rely on TV coverage, as well as up-to-the-minute publications such as yours and Handbrakes & Hairpins. Keep up the sterling reporting. Gavin Rothman email@example.com It was the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend, and many of the current school of F1 drivers – as well as racing royalty from the past – left their bases in Monaco, Switzerland and the Channel Islands and came over to England early, ahead of the British Grand Prix. Goodwood is a worthy entrée to this, the key week of the year for UK Formula One fans. They, of course, would like to see a McLaren driver win on Sunday. We’re going into a weekend of great unknowns – not least where the bathrooms are because most of us haven’t been to the new Silverstone ‘Wing’ yet – but primarily because we need to see if the pack is reshuffled by the blown exhaust clampdown, which is going to affect every team and, I wager, some more than others. The Red Bull RB7 gets its searing pace from thousands of different parts, but it’s fair to say that their rear end aero is the class of the field, and any rule changes are likely to see the gap eroded. Christian Horner says the downforce reduction will cost them half a second. If it turns out it costs their rivals less, praise be we might have a proper championship challenge – although I’m not holding my breath. OnemannotinhisF1carat Goodwood, to the surprise and I’m sure disappointment to many, was Jenson Button who bashed his knee filming a jet ski sequence for the BBC last week but, he assures everyone, the decision to rest and not drive the car at the Festival of Speed was just a precaution and he’ll be 100 percent by the time we get to Silverstone. He still got to grips with McLaren’s new road car, the MP4-12C, up Lord March’s drive. Button is looking to secure a deal with McLaren which will take him through to the end of his career, and that’s the right thing to do. Lewis Hamilton, on the other hand, is rumoured to be looking elsewhere – logically Red Bull – and the Fleet Street papers yesterday reported that he could be free to go. opinion ADAM HAY- NICHOLLS GPWeek Editor Racing is a dazzling business, which seems on the face of it to be conducted entirely in the short term. It’s hard to see the big picture, when you are dealing in tenths of a second. And when those tenths add up, over the course of an afternoon, to something approaching half a minute, and when the official Best Rider In The World can only come sixth in his home GP, that tends to become the big picture on its own account, obscuring all else. Valentino Rossi’s all-Italian marriage to Ducati has not so far fulfilled what now seem like wild dreams. Back when it all began he was climbing onto a motorcycle on which Casey Stoner had won three races the previous year. Surely it wouldn’t take Valentino long to surpass that. In fact, his progress has in many MICHAEL SCOtt MotoGP Editor opinion Has Rossi awoken from the Ducati dream? 20