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(News) Formula One Fiasco

I've just been reading about the US Grand Prix fiasco that occured today when 7 teams (14 cars) pulled out of the race just ebfore the start leaving 3 teams (6 cars) to compete in the race in front of a sell-out 100,000 crowd. Most of the crowd apparently left in disgust with a few thousand staying on to watch and jeer the organisers.

The problem came about when two drivers crashed in the same place in warm-ups and the tire manufacturer couldn't explain the problem. Nine of the ten teams agreed to a slight circuit change eliminating the problem but Ferrari vetoed it. As such all the temas using Michelin tires pulled their cars because of safety concerns.

Schumacher Claims Farcical US Win (BBC News Online; Sunday 19th June 2005)
US Race Boycott Set 'To Harm F1' (BBC News Online; Sunday 19th June 2005)
Team Heads Apologise For F1 Farce (BBC News Online; Sunday 19th June 2005)
Seven Teams Boycott US Grand Prix (BBC News Online; Sunday 19th June 2005)


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Jun. 19th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
The entire thing is a joke. Typical of Ferrari to be the team which vetoes a proposal made on the grounds of safety. I mean, they don't have to agree to any proposal, but it would make them look far more sportsmanlike if they did agree. And even more typical of the FIA allowing the race to go ahead. As far as I'm concerned, the race should be declared null and void and all point awarded stripped from the teams who raced.

Contrast this with this weekends Le Mans race. Sportsmanship, good behaviour and racing in abundance. And a great win for Tom Kristiansen, 7 times winner at Le Mans and a gentleman racer, sportsman and very talented guy.

The F1 season had a chance of being entertaining for the first time in years, now they've gone and blown it.

Jun. 19th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
They booed them off the podium and were chanting for a refund...

F1 has just shot itself in the foot with the regards to America, which is a real shame because if they could have succeeded there then it would have truely have become a global sport.
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