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Will Indianapolis see F1 Again?

That's the question on the minds of the most ardent fans of the sport I guess as it is on mine. Indy's chiefs will "evaluate their position" with regards to the future of F1 racing there. Sad. I've seen countless entries on blogs all over, here's my viewpoint.

Michelin needs to take the brunt of the blame/they are the primary reason for everything that happened. Why? Because they are world class tyre manufacturers and they didn't take into account that the section at Turn 13 had been re-laid so as to provide more grip for the Indy cars and hence their tyres could not handle the G-Forces caused at that turn. Boo-Boo. Michelin did do the sensible thing asking the teams they supply to not run the race due to safety reasons and the teams in turn were perfectly right in pulling out their cars because we can't afford to have 14 "Ralf Schumacher style" horrible crashes on turn 13. As the commentators mentioned, the tyres are built to handle punctures to a certain extent, not sudden deflation when the car is going at 300+ Kmph.

Next, Ferrari. They played spoilsport by blocking the chicane that could have made the race possible, but then...all they saw was the 19 + 19 points in the driver's and constructor's championships. That said, they've always been ruthless and selfish, they weren't the favorites of the American crowd and although their decision to race can't be held entirely against them, they've lost a little more after Sunday. Barrichello was right in the press conference when he said : "It wasn’t our problem, people probably won’t understand that because they seem to be sad… you know, there were a lot of people out there still watching us but they will think that we had the problem, but obviously Bridgestone has been working very hard, they brought the right tyre here and we were feeling very good.". Kudos to Brigdestone for not fubarring the way Michelin did....

Jordan were apparently supposed to *not* run, expressing solidarity with the rest of the teams and Minardi would follow suit. Apparently, they stayed out and Paul Stoddart was forced to keep his cars out as he later revealed in his press release. We're only competing with Jordan and when they stayed out, I can't keep my cars from racing....

So who's the biggest loser? Not Michelin, Not Ferrari. F1 and its fans are. As a Formula 1 fan for the last 7 years or so, I feel extremely disappointed to have watched an Indy GP with 6 cars. My respect for David Coulthard shot up by a zillion points when he said on his pit to car radio during the warm-up lap something to the effect of "If the team hasn't decided by the end of this lap, I'm racing." Hats off to you Coulthard. You're not a Sucker anymore.



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Jun. 20th, 2005 07:32 am (UTC)
Yes, I kept the whole sorry sight on TV...and I'm certainly left wondering why I should care when F1 can't ensure that there's a race worth watching.

I'm not sure whether the case for Michelin being at fault is as clear-cut as you make it. I know some of the commentators were saying that the track had changed drastically, causing tire problems for other series earlier in the year...and that Bridgestone has the corporate ties that could have given them information about those changes that Michelin would not have been party to. It is difficult to fault Michelin when they don't have an opportunity to test and there's a drastic change, and their competitor may have inside information.

That said, I did stay with it, and I do enjoy the politics, too...but I prefer my politics WITH an actual race, thank you very much. So I'll probably stick around...but I can't imagine how those who paid money to attend must be feeling tonight.
Jun. 20th, 2005 08:15 am (UTC)
but I can't imagine how those who paid money to attend must be feeling tonight.

Bang on target. I wouldn't want to go to a GP to see six cars. Must be horrible!! I feel sorry for them.
Jun. 20th, 2005 08:19 am (UTC)
Dude. Reminder. Sepang 2006. No banked turns there. :)
Jun. 20th, 2005 09:20 am (UTC)
Hehe :D
Jun. 20th, 2005 08:11 am (UTC)
Just imagine how it would have been if Schumacher and Barrichello had taken each other out after Schumacher's second pitstop... :-)
Jun. 20th, 2005 08:13 am (UTC)
A fuming Ross Brawn and Jean Todt. :D

In fact, Ross asked MS to slow down. Probably asked Rubens to *not* catch up as well.
Jun. 20th, 2005 08:19 am (UTC)
Ross Brawn radioed in to Michael saying, "I want two cars to finish."
Jun. 20th, 2005 09:11 am (UTC)
I don't blame Ferrari. F1 is business, and is fiercly competitive. Free points are a rarity, and Ferrari had the better tyres. In the end, the better car/tyre/driver combo won. Though other teams got 2/3 correct, Ferrari had the most important 1/3 with them. :)

I'm DEAD sure that if this were McLaren running on the Bridgestones, Ron Dennis would have done the same. But only if Ferrari too were on Bridgestones. If Ferrari were on Michelin, then I'm sure that mother-fucker Bernie would have convinced the FIA to get that chicane built. :)

Politics in F1 sucks. It's not Ferrari's fault. Michelin screwed up. Then the FIA motherfuckers.
Jun. 20th, 2005 09:24 am (UTC)
Very valid set of points. Bravo!

I guess you're right....Even Briatore would have raced...if he was on Bridgestones....

Just see the points tables now. That's where Ferrari wanted to be, 3rd in both. Within striking distance. A few failures here and there....and you might see Ferrari on top again...
Jun. 20th, 2005 09:30 am (UTC)
Yeah. The championship has just been raped open. :P

Jun. 20th, 2005 10:18 am (UTC)

All said and done, this is most exciting season of F1 in a long time :)
Jun. 20th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
Michelin needs to take the brunt of the blame/they are the primary reason for everything that happened. read on some blog that they DID NOT have the inside information about the change in the track, if thats true, then I guess they cannot be held responsible? Yes, they are a world class company and are expected to do their best.

Ferrari, I guess, did play the spoilport though but its business and competition, they were on the gaining end I believe and since this kinda situation is not running everyday, we cannot say if the others wud NOT have done the same.

Kudos to Brigdestone for not fubarring the way Michelin did ... now if what I said earlier was true, then they were just themselves, although they cud have gone a STEP forward by sharing that INSIDE INFO with Michelin guys. And if both teams knew the same amount of info, indeed KUDOS to Bridgestone guys.

And finally, indeed the F1 fans are the LOSERS.
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