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Tuesday, June 28, 2005



Formula One president and CEO Bernie Ecclestone said "You know I've got one of those wonderful ideas ... women should be dressed in white like all the other domestic appliances." referring to Danica Patrick the woman racer that finished fourth at the Indianpolis 500. Where do they get these guys?
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Sunday, June 26, 2005



An interesting story about the F1 Fiasco. Apparently, Toyota knew ahead of time about the Michelin problem, due to an ex-Michelin employee that now works for them. This reinforces the idea of a bigger plot to help the planned runaway series. make a mockery of F1 during these last three years. It's up to F1 to really step down and crush this plot.
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Stoddard threatens F1 with boycott if rules are enforced. what a way to view fair play! If this no penalties are given it will be view as a successful threat and F1 will become like wrestling. Entertainment disguised as sport. If penalties are given and the teams go ahead with this threat it could be the end of F1. Talk about brining the sport into disrepute! I hope the FIA sues Stoddard first.
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Thursday, June 23, 2005



Max Mosley: Michelin should pay the fans. I would love to hear someone contradicting all his points one by one... I don't think anyone can do that without lying or sounding crazy.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2005



BMW to buy Sauber F1 Team. This is huge. BMW will set up its own teams, as I predicted independent team dependant of a motor supplier are less competitive that they use to be. Pity there isn't a german tyre manufacturer to pick up the slack at Michelin. By the way, Michelin is being accused sotto-voce of putting performance ahead of safety.
[Thanks Stefania]
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Tuesday, June 21, 2005



Charges against the Michelin chicken-shit teams
The charges given are that, according to the FIA, each team:

- failed to ensure that they had a supply of suitable tyres for the race
- wrongfully refused to allow their cars to start the race
- wrongfully refused to allow their cars to race, subject to a speed restriction in one corner which was safe for such tyres as they had available
- combined with other teams to make a demonstration damaging to the image of Formula One by pulling into the pits immediately before the start of the race
- failed to notify the stewards of their intention not to race, in breach of Article 131 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations.

Article 131 states: "The starting grid will be published four hours before the race. Any competitor whose car(s) is (are) unable to start for any reason whatsoever (or who has good reason to believe that their car(s) will not be ready to start) must inform the stewards accordingly at the earliest opportunity and, in any event, no later than 45 minutes before the start of the race.[per thou]

I really hope they get the book thrown out at them, I hope they have to pay the fans that were cheated (16 million$) and I hope their sponsor makes them pay for all the expenses on the fail weekend. I hope some of them go bankrupt because of this. They want to breakaway from F1, let them do it! I do not want them.
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Behind the scenes, most of the drivers still wanted to race and our own David Coulthard was very definitely one of them, as was Juan Pablo Montoya, who was literally crying in frustration that he could not race in front of the huge contingent of Colombian fans who had made the trip from his home country.
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This song is dedicated to everyone who decided not to run the Indy race last sunday, having the option to do it.
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FIA: Michelin teams summoned. Michelin teams are ordered to appear at a FIA hearing to explain Sunday's fiasco at the US Grand Prix. [BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition]
Time to pay the piper! I really hope they get punished hard for the sake of the sport.
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Monday, June 20, 2005



Charles Whiting, race director at Indy, stated: "To change the course in order to help some of the teams with a performance problem caused by their failure to bring suitable equipment to the race would be a breach of the rules and grossly unfair to those teams which have come to Indianapolis with the correct tyres."
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Honor left among some drivers! "Driver David Coulthard could be heard on the team radio making a keen plea to be allowed to race just before the order for the mass withdrawal was made.

"I've not experienced anything like this in my career before. Frankly, I'm embarrassed," said Coulthard."
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Sunday, June 19, 2005



Apology not accepted, you chicken-shit! They are lying they had another choice. Run the race slower and with less wing. They could have done it safely, after all what is an engineer job? To say how fast the car can safely go!
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Exclusive! Someone send me a tape of the secret meeting of the Michelin Teams where it was decided that they wouldn't run the race at Indy today. A Tyromaniac exclusive. Click here to hear it.
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Ferrari Wins! Because the Michelin Teams are chicken shit. Good going to all the teams that acted professional and did their job in this most difficult circumstance. It is still a victory, even if your rival lacks honor. Good going for Jordan and Minardi. Special congrats to Monteiro for a third place!
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Boycott Michelin!


If they can't make a tyre for F1 at Indy,
they can't make a tyre for me!


Michelin Sucks! Stop the bullies!
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The talk about that this is done "for security reasons" is simply bullshit. They could have discharge the car wings, they would not be competitive, but they can race. That's the reality, Michelin couldn't bring a competitive/safe tyre and then, like little kids, they decided not to race. They are bullies trying to get their way. This has three sides. One is rules, they are absurd, but they are it. Don't try to change it midway. Second, is the competitiveness of the car. And third is guts, racers guts. You know what? I am convinced that Michael Schumacher would have risked, would have race, would have fly on that curve and try to win. That's why he is the best of all times, that's why the others do not compare. The other racers should be striped of previous points. What a sad day for the sport.
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I will, certainly, never again buy Michelin Tyres or guides. They are thru as a brand for me. They talk about security, but they are playing with fire. I am lucky, I just got tyres last week and decided for a Yokohama set. The competition was a Michelin but it was rated for slower speeds than the Pirelis I was changing and they were more expensive.
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I hope Michelin gets banned from F1!
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Only six cars started! The other stayed in pits. This could be the end of F1! At least in the US... What a dumb thing to do. It is a scandal. I hope they get stripped all the points!
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What will the Michelin drivers do? There are a lot of rumors. The latest is that the Michelin team will enter pits after the first lap and change tyres. They will see then if they get penalize (that depends on what tyres they put on and why they made the change), but it is talk about as a rebellion. The change in the first lap has to be illegal. The FIA's official position is that Michelin is guilty of not brining different tyres (you are allowed two sets), instead they brought the same tyres on both sets. The teams may decide to just retire after the first lap. I guess now everybody sees what I mean. Was it better to have Ferrari winning all races or have a race with only six cars?
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Saturday, June 18, 2005



The infinitely changing Formula 1 is at it again. The hyper ridiculous tyre rules that have pushed Ferrari out of the competitive teams has created security problems and now it is creating a huge rules embarrassment. Three drivers have had problems with Michelin tyres. One of them, Ralf Schumacher, will not participate in the race due to his crash. Michelin now says that the other tyres may have a problem and they want to change all tyres! Of course, this is against the absurd rules, so the race Director (Charles Whitting) says that they'll be penalize by the race commissars. Some teams have threaten not to race and if more than six teams do not race there can be no race at all (only three teams have Bridgestone tyres). They are discussing and negotiating as we speak. One possibility is that there will be a launched start behind the safety car, that will permit the Michelin tyres to get temperature (and, hence, pressure), but it will be a concession to the Michelin using teams, thus, in compensation the Bridgestone teams will start first! Yes, the absurd rules may get us what, for some. may be a dream come true, not only and all red Ferrari first lane, but an ALL Minardi THIRD Lane! Keep changing the rules, guys, at some point you may have to declare ME a race winner and fly me there at the last minute... I hope is at Monaco, but I'll take any Grand Prix.
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Friday, June 17, 2005



F1: Schumacher escapes crash. Ralf Schumacher emerges unscathed from a crash as Juan Pablo Montoya is quickest in Indianapolis practice. [BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition]

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Sunday, June 12, 2005



F1: Raikkonen wins dramatic race. Kimi Raikkonen wins the Canadian Grand Prix from Michael Schumacher to give his title chances a major boost. [BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition]
No, he didn't win it from Michael Schumacher. He won it from Montoya (who was black flagged), who won it from Alonso (car broke up), who won it from Ficichella (car broke up, same brand). Schumy was there quite by accident. Barrichelo did a lot of merits to get from last to third. Unfortunately since it didn't happen at the front we all missed it.
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Against all odds and through a series of weird events, Schumacher manages a second to Kimi's first. The championship reopens a bit, but Kimi still has it very tough. It is clear Schumy has motivation but no car. Though the tyres perform better when is hot (and it should be hot from now on), they don't seem to be much better than the Michelins. Should be a entertaining second half of the season...
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Schumacher is in the first row in Canada. So, I will watch the race, je, je. I have no battery, so I will be far from the computer. I post if something happens...
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