The death of F1 in America

I am not in the least bit surprised to find out that Ferrari are the only ones who are holding things up. The nine other teams — including the other Bridgestone runners — have agreed to race if a chicane is put in.

Ferrari’s policy has been to put lives at risk today for the sake of petty politics. It is pathetic. Ferrari have been responsible for all of the biggest PR disasters in Formula 1 in recent years, and this is by far the worst yet. Particularly in America — who can forget the US Grand Prix of 2002 when Michael Schumacher deliberately slowed down on the very last corner to “manufacture a dead heat”. It is not racing. It is typical Ferrari bullshit.

We all know that rules are rules. But today it looks like there is not going to be a Formula 1 race. In America of all places. This will probably be the death of F1 in America, the final nail in the coffin. Even if you were to make it a non-championship race. Just have a race. Anything else will be a highly embarassing farce, and yet again it’s all Ferrari’s fault.

This is the final straw. Ferrari can fuck right off. They are not welcome in Formula 1 any more.

Update: Jordan are a bunch of opportunists aswell.

6 comments

  1. Too bad all those other teams. Bridgestone have been crap for most of the season, thus putting the Bridgestone runners at a disadvantage. The one time the fortunes are reversed, and you have to cancel the show. I have no sympathy for the other teams. Just go extra slow for the race, and then cry into their F1 caps afterwards.

    F1 has been going down the shitter for years anyway. It was probably the most entertaining one I’ve watched in the past 3 years. I almost saw some overtaking, it was incredible.

  2. I disagree with everything you have to say, well except Tiago’s celebration. He could have tried not to be so crazy.

    I think Michelin are at fault. If the 7 teams tried to do everything they could, they should have raced with lower speeds on turn 13. One more thing, do you know how many people tested for Michelin at Indy ? 2. With that kind of data and the known fact that the surface has just be re-laid, michelin should have done their homework.

    Instead you guys are out blaming Ferrari ? What is wrong with all of you ?

  3. Having some of the teams racing at other speeds to others would still be dangerous. For one thing, if you were driving in your own car and you were going around a corner and suddenly you came across some guy going far slower than you, the chances are that you’re going to just crash straight into them.

    Secondly, how do you define ‘slow’? Chances are that, with a driver’s racing mentality, unless he is forced to go slowly he will probably still go fast, even if he knows he’s supposed to be going slowly. Formula 1 is not an endurance — it’s a race. If the Michelins had to go more slowly, you’d have got exactly the same thing as happened on Sunday, except with fourteen extra mobile chicanes.

    do you know how many people tested for Michelin at Indy ? 2.

    I have no idea what you mean by this. Thousands of miles of testing are done every year — none of them are done at Indianapolis. Bridgestone don’t test at Indy either. All Formula 1 testing is done in Europe for logistical and monetary reasons. The only reason Bridgestone coped with the new surface at Indy was because they had insider information from Firestone who run IndyCars.

    As I’ve said elsewhere, Michelin are obviously to blame for not getting the tyre right. But in the past when Bridgestone didn’t have the right tyre (Brazil 2003) a compromise was reached. Ferrari and the FIA blocked such a compromise from happening on Sunday. That is the reason there wasn’t a proper race on Sunday.

  4. The death of F1 in America

    [Source: doctorvee] quoted: Ferrari have been responsible for all of the biggest PR disasters in Formula 1 in recent years, and this is by far the worst yet. Particularly in America —