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Hav­ing just re­turned from Rally GB, I have to give a big thank you to the FIA for get­ting this for­mula right.

The cars, both se­nior and ju­nior R5, sound, look and go great. It’s been years since I’ve been to a rally, but the sight of th­ese pro­jec­tiles in the way they han­dle and ac­cel­er­ate re­minds me of the Group B days!

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mr Evans, Mr Ogier and M-sport for a job well done. Rob Fo­den Broms­grove, Worces­ter­shire

Stick­ing up for the stew­ard

I am prob­a­bly the only per­son who is pre­pared to stick up for the much ma­ligned “id­iot stew­ard” who de­cided to de­mote Max Ver­stap­pen from a podium po­si­tion at the US Grand Prix.

On the ir­refutable premise that one can­not be ‘a lit­tle bit preg­nant’, Ver­stap­pen quite clearly trans­gressed the track-limit reg­u­la­tions and gained a sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage in do­ing so.

While the out­come of the de­ci­sion is un­for­tu­nate, it is not fair to ig­nore the rules or ma­nip­u­late the re­sult sim­ply for the sake of not spoil­ing the show. Andy Davey Pee­bles

One rule for all

On page 24 of last week’s mag­a­zine, Ar­ti­cle 27.3 of the Sport­ing Reg­u­la­tions is quoted and clearly sets out the rules in re­spect of white lines/kerbs. While not agree­ing with the de­ci­sion to deny Max Ver­stap­pen a well de­served podium, I can un­der­stand the rea­son­ing.

On page 58 we see Joey Fos­ter pulling off a great bit of over­tak­ing around the out­side at Pad­dock to win the For­mula Ford Fes­ti­val, but with all four wheels over the white lines. Vastly dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, of course, but surely they should be gov­erned by the same rules? Keith Quin­nell Mans­field, Not­ting­hamshire

Su­per idea to boost over­tak­ing

What a telling com­ment in the first look at the 2019 Su­per For­mula car (Pit+pad­dock, Oc­to­ber 26); ‘the se­ries suf­fers from a lack of over­tak­ing but this is be­ing ad­dressed by re­ly­ing more on un­der­floor aero­dy­nam­ics than wings to gen­er­ate down­force’.

Is it con­ceiv­able that other sin­gle-seat se­ries will take note? In a word… no! It does go to show that some peo­ple are pre­pared to take mea­sures to mit­i­gate the ef­fects of down­force on over­tak­ing. Neil Davey New­port, South Wales

Re­mem­ber Di­jon ’79…

It is just as well that there were no stew­ards at Di­jon in 1979. Vil­leneuve and Arnoux would have got a life­time ban! John Si­mons Bex­hill-on-sea, East Sus­sex

New Day­tona date for Alonso

Come on Fer­nando, never mind sportscars (Pit+pad­dock, Ocober 26), how about the Day­tona 500 next year? I will be there and would be great to see you race the good ol’ boys. Paul Drinkwa­ter By email

Ros­berg is sorely missed

As un­doubt­edly spe­cial as he is, Lewis Hamil­ton has been rather lucky this year with­out Nico Ros­berg de­fend­ing his ti­tle. Ros­berg has been de­rided and dis­re­garded. All world cham­pi­ons have said that they drove bet­ter, hav­ing got the mon­key off their back, the fol­low­ing sea­son and be­yond.

Over­all, Hamil­ton was ahead in their head-to-head, but not in the way that he is with Bot­tas, or Ko­valainen at Mclaren. There were many times when Ros­berg was un­touch­able by Hamil­ton.

It is ir­rel­e­vant whether Ros­berg played mind games, top level sport is all about this. This sea­son could have gone ei­ther way be­tween the two had Ros­berg stayed on to de­fend his ti­tle, and it’s a real shame for the fans that he didn’t.

Give Ros­berg credit – a ter­rific driver and, for me, a rac­ing fan more than a driver fan, he is sorely missed. Pete Ef­famy Hamp­shire

Sights and sounds of Rally GB 2017 have fired en­thu­si­asm of reader Fo­den

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