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GP Week : Issue 136
GPWEEK OPINION >> The Grand Prix of Fear? VETTEL WILL GET FASTER AND FASTER... BUT WILL HE BE ABLE TO OVERTAKE? is to be found elsewhere. The Italian scribes aside, there were only a handful of absentees in the pits (pretty much all of them from the same country). And two riders (injuries apart): Moto2 plugger Claudio Corti and someone you’ve never heard of from 125s (ditto). At least 90 percent of the GP regulars were there. And while there was a fair bit of silliness; people planning to discard shoes and clothes before leaving, and plenty of Geiger counters (recording lower levels of radiation here than in Florence the previous day), the rest were on hand, racing and working as normal. One could not fail to be touched by the appreciation of our presence and the sincerity of the welcome. Anyone who doubted the value of the first major international sporting event in Japan since the March 11 catastrophe would have had those doubts swept away. Unfortunately, the doubters were absent. One T-shirt that was obviously selling well summed it up rather neatly, with a list of dates: 2011.3 .11 Earthquake 2011.4 .24 Deja Vu * Battle of Reason vs Emotion 2011.10.2 Here We Go I promise this will be the last time I will bang on about this matter. Well, until the next time at least. But now is the right time to send a personal message to my colleagues in the Italian press (whose absence from the media centre made far less difference than they might have imagined). In life, everybody should do what they are good at. If that happens to be to running away, then run away. 21