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Lewis must learn

Lewis Hamil­ton is an ex­quis­ite rac­ing driver. He also used to be a great role model for young peo­ple gen­er­ally, but he no longer is so judg­ing by his em­bar­rass­ing, dis­grace­ful and child­ish be­hav­iour dur­ing the Suzuka press con­fer­ence.

It may be un­der­stand­able for some­one of Max Ver­stap­pen’s age to mess about with their phone in full view of their team, spon­sors and the rest of the world. How­ever, young Max comes across as be­ing far more ma­ture than his 19 years, nearly half Hamil­ton’s age.

It’s about time Mercedes Benz took Lewis aside and in­structed him how to be­have. He is paid a shed load of money to do what he does, with mil­lions of peo­ple fol­low­ing his ev­ery move, and the FIA should fine him for bring­ing the sport I have loved for more than 40 years into dis­re­pute.

Hamil­ton said he doesn’t think about races once he’s left the cir­cuit as he has so many other things go­ing on in his life.

If he’s so bored, please move on and let some­one else have a chance. I sin­cerely hope Lewis Hamil­ton does not win his fourth ti­tle any time soon. John Rus­sell Via email We need fans I am writ­ing in agree­ment with Chris Lunn’s let­ter ( Mo­tor­sport News, Oc­to­ber 5) on how the Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion’s dra­co­nian stance on where rally spec­ta­tors are, or more im­por­tantly, aren’t al­lowed to stand or stray out­side the hated ‘spec­ta­tor pens’ on ral­lies.

That in it­self an­swers to Jack Benyon’s ques­tion: “Where have all the spec­ta­tors gone?” I’d like to shine a light on how the lack of peo­ple any­where other than at des­ig­nated ‘Spec­ta­tor Ar­eas’ is af­fect­ing rally crew safety.

I was com­pet­ing on June’s Scot­tish Rally with Steven Clark, son of great Scot­tish ral­ly­ing leg­end Ivor, in his Mit­subishi Lancer E6.

We were hav­ing a great rally, ly­ing eighth over­all and first non-r5 car when we rolled not far into SS5. Steve was out of the car be­fore it had even stopped, or so it seemed, check­ing that I was OK be­fore run­ning down the stage to warn ap­proach­ing cars that ours was up­side down and in the mid­dle of the road.

This was my first ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing on the roof in over 35 years of nav­i­gat­ing, off and on, so I felt a bit dis­ori­en­tated and al­lied to the fact that I’m clumsy at the best of times, three or four cars passed be­fore I ex­ited the car.

The point I’m mak­ing is this was only half a mile into the stage and there was no one there. In the past there’d have been a good num­ber of peo­ple about who’d have pushed us back onto the wheels and carry on with min­i­mal time loss, or help us get out of the car, or ren­der as­sis­tance if we needed it.

We drive mile after mile through stages and don’t see a soul, some­times even junc­tions are un­manned – maybe valu­able man­power is be­ing moved from the stages to keep spec­ta­tors in their pens? God for­bid that any may es­cape!

Is it go­ing to take in­juries or even deaths of com­peti­tors who are trapped in their cars be­cause there’s no one around to help them to make the MSA see that not ev­ery­thing is rosy in the ral­ly­ing gar­den at the mo­ment? And the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Scot­tish ral­ly­ing re­port cer­tainly is not the an­swer to ev­ery­thing... Steve Pugh Aberys­t­wyth

Milner’s fu­ture

After read­ing an­other fine re­port by Paul Lawrence on the Track­rod His­toric Cup, I have to ask does a guy like Adam Milner, who seems to have that raw tal­ent that we hear about very rarely, have to go through the long road of find­ing a su­per-rich spon­sor to get him through the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship and some Euro­pean events?

Or does he just turn up at the fan­tas­tic M-sport for­est at Greystoke jump in a Ford Fi­esta R5+ and show how close he is to the times re­quired to be no­ticed by teams?

We need th­ese guys to be given a chance to show early on in their ca­reers what they can do be­fore they grow old and poor try­ing. Ed­die Gale, Fare­ham, Hamp­shire

Mo­tor­sport News, Oc­to­ber 12

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