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Let off steam: what’s on your mind this month

Lib­erty should be lauded for their blueprint over the fu­ture of F1. It is clear about the need to make the sport sus­tain­able go­ing for­ward, in turn keep­ing ex­ist­ing teams in busi­ness and hope­fully en­cour­ag­ing new ones to join.

How­ever, if any­thing, the Bahrain and Chinese Grands Prix showed that we don’t al­ways need the in­tro­duc­tion of cost cut­ting and/or stan­dard­ised parts in or­der to mix up the ac­tion and pro­vide an ex­cit­ing race.

It is pure per­for­mance and vari­a­tions on strat­egy which do that alone, and that is what sep­a­rates the best from the rest.

The whole essence of F1 is the chal­lenge of man and ma­chine against their ri­vals in a bid to be

the quick­est. It is the job of oth­ers to catch up and pass them.

Re­sults achieved by Toro Rosso and Haas show that the so-called smaller teams can com­pete.

The re­sults are just re­ward for their per­for­mance, and if these are achieved by said teams hav­ing cus­tomer cars or en­gine man­u­fac­turer sup­port then so be it.

Let’s there­fore con­cen­trate on the real is­sue, which is the need to pro­vide a more eq­ui­table dis­tri­bu­tion of prize money.

Michael Bri­er­ley Staly­bridge, UK China: out of hand

Wow, what a great race in China. Over­tak­ing aplenty and a to­tally un­ex­pected win­ner. The only black mark was the poor stan­dard of driv­ing by Max Ver­stap­pen. His lack of re­spect and com­mon sense is frankly un­ac­cept­able.

His at­tempt to pass Lewis ended up with him go­ing half­way to down­town Shang­hai. As for his ban­zai at­tempt to pass Seb, it was ab­surd to say the least.

Since he caused the col­li­sion (not for the first time) he should have got points on his rac­ing li­cence. What does he ac­tu­ally get?

Fur­ther cog-ita­tions

The words ket­tle, pot and black came to mind when I read Adrian Townsend’s let­ter (In­box, May).

Mclaren have two rac­ers, Fer­rari have one racer plus one sac­ri­fi­cial lamb. For­mula 1 with­out Fer­rari – what a great idea. Give their money to the poor and let’s have fairer com­pe­ti­tion with proper rac­ers.

Andrew Forsyth By email

A measly 10 sec­onds added to his over­all race time.

When are Char­lie Whit­ing and his co­horts go­ing to do some­thing? What’s it go­ing to take to tell Ver­stap­pen to cool down?

Steve Bryan

By email

Did Max Ver­stap­pen’s pass on Se­bas­tian Vet­tel – which spun the Fer­rari around – merit greater pun­ish­ment?

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