Thanks for your feedback, as ever - even though, as ever, it seems to be critical!
It's a shame to read you thought the Lewis interview was "fake pr spun BS". I interviewed him for nearly an hour, and he didn't dodge or evade any questions. My take on Australia/Malaysia is that he f**ked up, apologised for it and moved on with great success. The details of what happened in the room were raked over extensively; I'm fascinated by how tough it was to come through it and bounce back. And he told me, honestly and, I thought, pretty openly.
When asked what lesson he learned from the whole experience, he said: "(these situations) drop you in a hole. And you're the only one that can really get yourself out of it." If that's not an admission of taking responsibility, and the need to do so, I don't know what is. I'm no apologist for him, but neither did I go in there with an axe to grind. I'm not sure what more you'd expect Lewis to say? Whether you agree with it or not is a different matter, but what we gave you is him, unmoderated and candid.
re: the cover, this is the December 2009 issue. Lewis last featured on our cover in March '09, and before that in December '08. I don't think we can be accused of overdoing it...
As ever, if you'd like to contribute some constructive suggestions as to how we should be improving the magazine, they're very welcome. We're open to both positive and negative views, but you seem to have some pretty extreme opinions about what we produce - without, by your own admission, actually reading it on a regular basis.
We're here to tailor to enthusiasts like yourself, and people who really care about the sport. I think there's some great stuff in this month's issue, and plenty of stuff you won't have read anywhere else, but it's always interesting to hear what people want to be reading more of.
Another month, another Lewis cover.
Does anyone read this magazine still? I picked it up just to see how things stood at the newsstand today. I was intrigued if their claim of a genuine, facade removing Lewis interview was just that, or rather just more of the same fake pr spun bullshit Lewis normally comes out with.
Sadly it was, indeed, the latter. I don't understand how apologising for something but actually refusing to take any responsibility for something (and always qualifying '_if_ people saw something some way' and other verbally evasive phrasing... ) is classed as being frank and honest?
It was also quite amusing to see Hans Boring bigging up F1 Racing's stature as the world's biggest, most sold 'Grand Prix' magazine. Precisely how many are there again? Bit like American Baseball's 'world series' if you ask me... And if circulation numbers are anything to go by, declining manufacturer and sponsor activity in the sport, and of course generally dwindling advertising revenues - I wonder how long F1 Racing will be around? The magazine already feels thinner in my hands now. Can any subscribers that are left say if it's actually gotten smaller or is it just my perception?