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WRITE TO US Mo­tor­sport News Hay­mar­ket Con­sumer Media, Bridge House, 69 London Road, Twick­en­ham TW1 3SP Clamp­ing down on driv­ers un­nec­es­sar­ily can be bad for F1

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The im­petu­os­ity of youth or a Red Bull in a china shop? Max Ver­stap­pen was cer­tainly the talk of the town af­ter the Bel­gian Grand Prix last week­end, con­tin­u­ing his on-go­ing feud with Fer­rari’s Kimi Raikko­nen and, this time, in­volv­ing Se­bas­tian Vet­tel too.

This is where F1 rule­mak­ers have to be care­ful. F1 is far too of­ten ac­cused of be­ing too bland, too bor­ing, and Ver­stap­pen cer­tainly is a breath of fresh air. He is not afraid of big names and big rep­u­ta­tions. Every­one else is just an­other car to be over­taken, it is as sim­ple as that for him.

By putting the shack­les on too firmly, driv­ers will end up too fright­ened to pull any moves. Ver­stap­pen’s move at the open­ing turn of the Bel­gian Grand Prix was rem­i­nis­cent of Ro­main Gros­jean’s multi-car shunt in 2012 and could eas­ily have re­sulted in as much car­nage. The then-lo­tus driver was vil­i­fied for his shunt(s) and had his wings clipped.

Ver­stap­pen’s moves are on the very edge, but those edges are de­fined by the stew­ards. Any pun­ish­ment should not be trial by media but dished out in a con­sid­ered way, no mat­ter how an­gry grumpy Finns might get... Matt James, Edi­tor

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Brian Mor­gan took this epic shot of Matt Robin­son’s fly­ing Fiat 131 on the re­cent Red Dragon Dan Welch’s bro­ken car, by John Hen­der­son Henry Kitch­ing took a shot from a Sport­ing Trial

Mi­nis ev­ery­where! Alex Ire­land’s pho­to­graph from Knock­hill Sa­muel Baird took this dra­matic pho­to­graph on the re­cent Ul­ster Rally

Oul­ton Park Mini dra­mas, by Peter Hamil­ton

A clas­sic Peu­geot, by Martin Bal­four A spin in the Civic Cup, taken by Sam Nudd

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