Sorry to go on about Formula 1 again. But if you ever needed an example of just how idiotic the FIA are being, read this:
We hear that the FIA has ordered Michelin to supply it with full details of all of its tyre failures in recent times and that the federation has instructed the French tyre maker that the information will be put in front of an independent technical expert to decide whether or not Michelin’s F1 tyres are dangerous.
You can bet on the FIA having a, shall we say, ‘liberal’ interpretation of the word ‘independent’. The June issue of F1 Racing magazine conducted a straw poll of 100 random people in the paddock. They asked if they thought the FIA Court of Appeal was independent of the FIA. Here’s what the magazine found.
Our sample, chosen at random, included team principals, drivers, engineers, team PR people, team marketing people, journalists, photographers and, yes, FIA officials (all of whom answered ‘yes’, of course); but, overall, 94 out of the 100 answered, “No.”
I don’t think that’s sample error.
Back to the GrandPrix.com article.
We have not seen the letter from FIA President Max Mosley to Michelin but apparently it suggests that the outcome of this could be the exclusion of Michelin from the World Championship, which would leave seven teams with no tyres for future races.
As most of the cars are designed specifically for Michelin tyres this would mean that cars could not be run because of safety issues.
So the FIA’s proposed solution to the PR disaster that occurred on Sunday? For every single other race to be run like that. I simply cannot believe it.
Still think it’s Michelin’s fault?