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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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