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Give Ku­bica an­other chance

While I am happy that Car­los Sainz is fi­nally get­ting a chance at an up-and-com­ing team like Re­nault, I’m con­cerned about what this means for Robert Ku­bica.

Re­nault have been hasty and short-sighted with this move. Robert de­serves an­other shot at F1 and Re­nault were the per­fect team to give him that. Yes, Sainz is younger and more proven in cur­rent F1 cars, but just think of the good­will Re­nault would have cre­ated by bring­ing back Robert. Surely a mar­ket­ing dream – and the right thing to do by Robert.

Even if the strain of com­pet­ing in an en­tire sea­son turned out to be more than Robert could phys­i­cally han­dle, that wouldn’t be the end of the world for Re­nault. There are al­ways qual­ity driv­ers out there for top teams to scoop up. I sin­cerely hope an­other team gives Robert his shot and shows Re­nault that pa­tience does pay off. Jim Facto Austin, USA

Get out there, Maurizio!

It was em­bar­rass­ing to see Maurizio Ar­riv­abene hid­ing from a mi­cro­phone-wield­ing Mark Web­ber on the Sin­ga­pore grid. It was such a promis­ing start to his ca­reer as Fer­rari team prin­ci­pal when he sat in the stands with the fans and talked about how to en­gage. The pres­sure at Maranello must have got to him, as he’s been ac­tively avoid­ing the me­dia ever since.

The team need some­one to stand up and speak for them, to cel­e­brate the highs, praise the achieve­ments of their team mem­bers, ex­plain the mis­takes and give hope to the fans in tougher times. Ser­gio Mar­chionne’s oc­ca­sional ‘lag­gard’ com­ment does not come even close.

Maurizio could do worse than look at the ex­am­ple of Toto Wolff, who fronts up to the press even when his driv­ers have crashed into each other. Fer­rari de­serve bet­ter. Al­i­son Walpole By email

Well worth the wait

Hav­ing been a fol­lower of F1 since the hey­day of my lo­cal hero Ed­die Irvine, I’ve fi­nally made it to my first race – at Monza. The whole ex­pe­ri­ence was even bet­ter than I ex­pected and the at­mos­phere was un­be­liev­able. We went onto the track af­ter the race and on to­wards the podium, and were trans­ported to an­other world as mu­sic and ticker tape filled the air.

One stand-out mo­ment was Sir Jackie Ste­wart stand­ing and sign­ing au­to­graphs for ages – he un­der­stands how it works. I also got to meet Johnny Her­bert, who was so nice and a real gentle­man.

My friend was happy with the Hammy win, and F1 was the win­ner for me on for my 40th birth­day week­end. Let’s hope it doesn’t take me as long to get to my next race! Ge­off Wil­son North­ern Ire­land

Spot the dif­fer­ence

F1 should in­tro­duce In­dy­car-style spot­ters for each driver in the light of the events that un­folded at the start of the Sin­ga­pore GP. The spot­ter plays a key role as they tell their driver their po­si­tion on track and who else is around them.

Haas F1 Team used spot­ters just for the 2017 Azer­bai­jan GP, and if they’d been used at the Sin­ga­pore GP it’s un­likely that there would have been such first-lap chaos. Ben John­ston, Dublin, Ire­land

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