Formula One folly

Just when you think Formula One is worth watching you run into a fiasco of epic proportions. What happened at the United States GP was inexcusable. At the very least it was a blatant show of disrespect to ten of thousands of fans who paid money to be there, not to mention the millions in the global arena, at worst it could spell the end of F1 in the US. In a nutshell, following Ralf Schumacher’s tire failure in his Toyota on Friday at the dreaded Turn 13, Michelin told the seven teams that they supply that they cannot guarantee the safety of its tires. They bought the wrong spec tire which could not deal with the loads at T13. Given that situation Michelin wanted to fly in new tires but were not allowed to do so by the FIA. There were all kinds of proposals offered to save the race including putting a chicane in T13 to reduce speeds but this was denied by Max Mosley, president of the FIA.

Come race time while all twenty cars took part in the parade lap only the three Bridgestone shod teams Ferrari, Minardi and Jordan were left on the grid to take the green light. Six cars ‘raced’, Michael Schumacher ‘won’ but everybody else lost, especially F1. Yes, Michelin by their own admission messed up, big time, but given the problem the next step is to find a solution and this is where the blame lies squarely on the head of Max Mosley. Mosley could have saved the show, could have given some much needed luster to the tarnished image that Formula One has suffered from over recent years. Instead by doing nothing to salvage a desperate situation he chose to propagate the belief that F1 is run by an elitist management system that begins and ends with him. A system that does not even have regard for the paying spectator. The seven teams in question have been summoned to explain their actions and I believe they have been charged with bringing the sport into disrepute one wonders if they would be so kind to charge Max as well.

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