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GP Week : Issue 140
– Email us Something to say? Email us at email@example.com Ciao Marco Thank you for your quality coverage of the tragedy at Sepang last week. It is all too easy for media to jump on the hype bandwagon at times like this. GPWEEK's coverage and reporting was respectful, factual and sympathetic. MotoGP has lost a spectacular young talent. It is a tough sport, and accidents do happen. That doesn't make it any easier to absorb the sad outcome of a crash like this. Sorry to see you go, Marco, you brightened up an already exciting sport. Andrew Feltham Uxbridge, UK ED: Thanks Andrew. Michael Scott is the most respected MotoGP writer I know of ... and he writes for GPWEEK. Enough said. Thanks Marco for some entertaining racing over a tragically short career. Sympathies to his family, friends, fellow competitors and fans. The sport has lost a great character. Still shocked. Warren Furze, Australia firstname.lastname@example.org Two tragedies in two weeks. It's been a rough time. I am glad you paid respect to Dan Wheldon, even though Indycar is not an area covered by GPWEEK. The images involved in last week's issue paying respect to Marco Simoncelli were brilliant, capturing both the breathless power of MotoGP and Simoncelli's style. His unique spark will be missed. Aldo Marquez Hempstead, Long Island NY Seb Sahib With two races to go, it would seem we are on the verge of one of F1's greatest seasons of individual domination, certainly matching Schumacher at his peak, and certainly without the 'dark side' antics of Schumacher at his hardest (the disqualifications; the 'parking' during qualifying at Monaco etc). We don't know him personally, but all reports suggest that Vettel is an okay guy, just a young guy having a great time winning F1 races! I am enjoying Peter Windsor's personal analysis of the events. It must be hard finding new things to discuss, such has Vettel's dominance been complete. Roger Bairstowe Enfield, UK The finishing touches to the Buddh International Circuit were still being done when we arrived at the track on Thursday. One or two of us lent a hand to finish off painting the kerbs, while local workers sprayed the grass green. There’s a walkway up the side of the pit complex that was dubbed the ‘stairway to heaven’ because it doesn’t actually go anywhere – the builders got their measurements wrong, and if you walk off the top step you’ll fall straight off the edge of the roof. The FIA’s safety inspection, clearly, only went as far as the track itself. The roads were a predictable mix of suicidal driving and cow-shaped road- blocks. And while I would charitably describe the experience as ‘thrilling’ it did rather bring home the dangers of these roads when I learned the Williams team’s driver failed to show up to pick them up at their hotel one morning. When they called to find out where he was, it turned out he was dead. India hosted its inaugural grand prix at the same time it celebrated Diwali, an ancient Hindu festival of lights. When I came in to land on Wednesday night the city looked to be bubbling, with fireworks, flashes, pops and coloured lights making Delhi look like a low-rise, pre -fab Vegas... in a good way. India knows how to throw a party and F1 hopes it can harness this energy to pack out the grandstands and lend the atmosphere that is lacking from most of the new breed of Asian races. The grandstands looked full and bustling on Sunday, which is a very good sign. Overall, India was an eye- opening experience, but a land full of great potential for F1 and one we’re already looking forward to returning to. I arrived in the Third World 15 hours before landing in Delhi, when I boarded a Continental flight in Newark. I was in New York for the new grand prix announcement there. Directly over the water from Manhattan’s midtown theatre district sits the sleepy boroughs of West New York and Weehawken, across which the track will stretch. As Richard Turner, the mayor of Weehawken put it as we gazed across the water, “we have a nice backyard.” There’s been a week to grieve and a week to digest the catastrophic death of Marco Simoncelli in Malaysia. And a week to come to terms with the unpalatable truths the young lion of the MotoGP class had unwittingly brought to our attention. The nub of them being this: If we knew (as we surely did) that motorcycle racing is dangerous, then why had we forgotten it? It is human nature to try to seek profit from tragedy. At least to learn something that will be helpful in the future. In the seven days after that grim Malaysian GP there has been talk blaming tyres, talk blaming Race Direction for not correctly evaluating Simoncelli’s mental preparedness, talk questioning his safety equipment, particularly the helmet that came off. Michael Scott MotoGP editor opinion Random is as random does The future of F1 is mapped out opinion aDaM haY- NichollS GPWeek editor 22