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GP Week : Issue 143
24 – Email us Something to say? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org F1 Royalty Re : Last week’s GPWEEK, 'Email us' – from Matthew Collingrove: The dignitary Seb Vettel was talking at length to on the Abu Dhabi grid was Piero Ferrari, Cavaliere of Livoro, son of Enzo Ferrari. Piero's guest, Seb was shaking hands with, was Pieros wife. Jason MacAllister email@example.com Not a trend? Is Suzuki's departure from MotoGP (which I read about in your magazine last Monday, some days before Suzuki actually announced it!) the thin edge of the wedge? With a flood of CRT bikes apparently heading for MotoGP next year, is that to be the ultimate future of MotoGP – a sort of up- market Moto2 – with the manufacturers as such all eventually pulling out? You can't argue against the success of Moto2, but the same thinking can't surely be applied to MotoGP, the primary, elite motorcycle category? That is where, like Formula 1 cars, we expect to see the new technology, not a band of racers on 'control' spec bikes. Let's hope Yamaha, Honda and Ducati don't follow Suzuki out the door. I enjoy reading Michael Scott's informed words. Natalie Dupre email supplied Enthusiast's lament I am a life-long Formula 1 enthusiast, but starting to wonder where it is all going. As we come to the end of a pretty competitive (well for second place at least) season, the newspapers appear to be dominated by Mr Ecclestone – be it his potential tax evasion court case, or his daughter's multi-million dollar wedding, or the extravagant houses purchased by the two Ecclestone daughters or the reality TV show being spruiked by one of them. Seriously, I'm over it. And seriously, from what you do hear about Mr E, even he must be embarrassed about what is turning out to be the Kardashians On Wheels ! Matt Kingsbury Burton-on-Trent, UK Red flags are everywhere in Macau, and it’s not because it’s part of China. It’s because every two minutes or so you can count on seeing a Lamborghini rip itself apart on Macau’s twisting mountainous city streets. Forget Monaco, this is the most demanding street racing track in the world. The marshals wave their red flags to signal the race is stopped. They brush away mangled wheel rims and splinters of carbon fibre, re-weld the barriers, and get the race underway again. Every year a junket of drivers from different disciplines descend on the gambling capital of the East for a different kind of risk. Superbike riders return to the pits with yellow scratches on their helmets, from brushing the steel barriers at every turn. In the GT category, McLaren’s MP4-12C made its first Asian race appearance and scored third while DTM rookie-of-the-year Edoardo Mortara – the only man to win the Macau Formula 3 race twice – took the spoils here yet again in an Audi R8. For the World Touring Car Championship there was a title to be settled. Team-mates Yvan Muller and Rob Huff arrived separated by 20 points, the Frenchman at match point for his third title. I was invited by Chevrolet, as a member of the Brit pack, to shadow Huff who did everything he possibly could – pole position and dominant wins in both races – but missed out on championship victory by just three points. Formula 3 is the main event in Macau, though, and draws champions from dozens of countries to race in what is effectively the world cup. It ’s the most anticipated sub-Formula One single-seater contest in the world. And the atmosphere is electric. In the evenings, the mechanics head to the casinos, bars, and strip clubs. Some race -goers save money by staying not in one of the many luxury hotels but in ‘saunas’ – places that you can go for a massage with a happy ending, but allow you to stay the night. The track is effectively a circuit of two halves – one part wide, fast, and easy for overtaking; the other only There are few more irritating old- timer remarks than: “We’ve seen it all before”. Thing is, we usually have. And thankfully the outcome then was no more predictable than now. This déjà vu comes along with the CRT bikes, and Dorna chief Ezpeleta’s vision of a future of MotoGP with grids fully staffed, mainly by the production-based ‘prototypes’. It was called ‘TT Formula I’, and it arose out of convoluted circumstances very different from today. The clue’s in the TT tag. The series, at first including FII and FIII, came into being in desperate times for the Isle of Man. The classic public-roads race had just lost its place on the Grand Prix calendar, and its promoters (the ACU) needed to find another way to retain status. For the first five years it was a one- race series with some fine names Michael Scott MotoGP editor opinion THERE’S NOTHING NEW ABOUT CRT The World’s Greatest Motor Race opinion aDaM haY- NichollS GPWeek editor