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GP Week : Issue 125
What Ralph Lauren can teach Mr E – Email us Something to say? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Aussies strike out for MW! I felt compelled to write an abusive rant on Red Bull after the British GP but, as Daryl Beattie (Aus TV commentator) said post-race, Christian had more information than anyone else as to why he said what he did. But as far as I can tell he had nothing. The only thing I think he really had was a big Helmut up his arse pulling the strings.! Congratulations Mark for doing what racing drivers do – race! After all isn’t your closest rival your teammate? MotoGP riders don’t have radios in their helmets and look what happened between Dovi and Stoner at Mugello; they raced and survived. C’mon Ferrari, you know you want Webber, and the piece of kit you rolled out at Silverstone is a dead-set rocket. Replace the front row lockouts with a Red Horse instead! Fiona Furze, Australia email@example.com “History dictates that two world-class drivers in the same team has not always been the best pairing ... We are hugely happy to have Sebastian committed to the team long term, and with Mark [Webber], we’re very pleased with the job he is doing.” Right, nice of Chris Horner, Team Principal Red Bull Racing, to clear up before the British GP, that there is only one world class driver in the RB team then. In ignoring team orders, Mark has simply made public that RB do indeed treat him as a number two, as they can chose to do. What makes it offensive is the dribble that continues from Horner, pretending this is not the case. Perhaps he could be asked as to why he is treating one world class driver and one journeyman driver equally? Horner must be the last person in the paddock who finds his own comments credible. David Owens Burnie, Tasmania, Australia And Stoner ... Opinion’s are great, because everyone has one right? It seems that last year everyone was bagging Stoner for his offs and his whingeing, with people labelling him a brat and so on. Rossi takes his saddle and is nowhere. Now people are wondering how long Rossi, who people claim to be the greatest there has been, will put up with a bike that he can’t get to work. Stoner got it to work. Why can’t Rossi? Is it because he’s always had the best bike and guys, though he has taken those guys with him. Why is no one singing Stoner’s praise? Michael Formosa firstname.lastname@example.org For classic supercar lovers like me, the Arts Decoratifs wing of Paris’ Louvre is something of a ground zero this Summer because it hosts the 17-strong cream of Ralph Lauren’s stunning collection of exotics. I got my long-awaited chance to see the exhibition yesterday and it didn’t disappoint. The first motor that visitors happen upon is a deep blue Bugatti 57 S Atlantic, the highest point in automotive art-deco. Designer Jean Bugatti was killed at the wheel of a Type-57 when he swerved to avoid a drunken bicyclist. He was only 30. That’s three years younger than Adrian Newey was when he penned his first championship-winning F1 car. Lauren has always sought inspiration from automobilia, his collection reflecting his own sense of timeless style. He created a bed based on the tan bucket seats of his gullwing Mercedes 300SL, a carbon-fibre chair inspired by his McLaren F1 LM, and an advertising campaign comparing women’s prêt-a-porter to the sensual curves of his phenomenal Ferrari stable. Bernie Ecclestone’s car collection is less about inspiring his future work as reminiscing on past glories, either at the race tracks he’s lorded over or on the East London forecourts where he first made his fortune. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Mr E took a leaf out of the Bronx-born fashion designer’s book and presented his valuable garage to the world, in a suitably sumptuous location. Fernando Alonso got big cheers at Silverstone as he threw a 1951 Ferrari 375 F1 car around (right) – the car that won Ferrari’s first ever F1 race, at this very circuit. Ecclestone looked rather relieved when Alonso swung back into the pits because it’s one of the most prized historic racers from his personal vault. The Spaniard spent one lap waving to the crowd and the other giving it beans, drifting it around the circuit’s high speed bends. One opinion ADAM HAY- NICHOLLS GPWeek Editor Rider power. There hasn’t been much of it, in the 62 years of GP racing. Looks like we’re on the brink of a fresh outbreak. High time, some might think. But all is not necessarily what it seems. The history is sporadic, and more noble than otherwise, since it almost always concerns safety. Riders have always grumbled, but it was not until the sixth year of the championship that they got together to take concerted action. It was at the Dutch TT in 1955, when riders in the smaller classes staged a grid sit-in, protesting against meagre start money for the privateers. The situation improved. At the Nürburgring in 1974 Agostini led a strike after organisers refused to add extra straw bales. Seven starters and four finishers: the winner was Edmund Czihak on a “351cc” Yamaha, his only GP points, and the only German premier-class winner. In 1979 most of the starters in the Belgian GP at Spa pulled out after MICHAEL SCOtt MotoGP Editor opinion MotoGP’s hypocritical heroes 22