More FIArrari lunacy

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 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?


  1. Firstly,

    I do not see any other major website having an article that is anything close to this. At this point, I would have to consider this as rumor.

    To answer your comments on my blog:
    How Bridgestone knew about the surface is not the question here. Indy had an open test session, Michelin races in Indy with other competetions. If Michelin was intrested, they would have sent more than two drivers and IF I am right both of them were the third drivers for teams. Michelin did not do its home work.

    The FIA gave more suggestions than that. Given the fact that the tires were not upto standard, one of the options was to make the michelin teams run slow in that corner. If you go fast, your badly made tire will burst, so run slow. If you want to run fast, then change your tire as necessary. Besides, why should bridgestone who got everything right this time suffer. Look to this year when schumi had 2 tire failures in consecutive laps, did bridgestone ask for the race to be shortened ?

  2. I reiterate that no Formula 1 testing is done outside of Europe at all, never mind at Indianapolis. Could you please show me a link that proves otherwise so that I can find out if you are correct?

    I have already said why having the Michelin teams going more slowly would be dangerous.

    Bridgestone didn’t ask for this year’s Spanish GP to be shortened. But they did successfully get the 2003 Brazillian Grand Prix delayed and run behind the Safety Car until the conditions perfectly matched their intermediate tyres. If the FIA were prepared to change the rules for Bridgestone not having the right tyres, why were they so inflexible at Indy?

  3. That doesn’t actually say anybody tested in Indianapolis. The simple fact is that F1 teams never test outside Europe. Seriously, think about it. Why would they? All the team are based in Europe. You’re not going to test at a circuit thousands of miles away if there’s one just round the corner. There are nominated circuits for testing — places like Barcelona and Silverstone. There are only a few such circuits. Indianapolis certainly isn’t one of them. (Update: You can see every single testing time here — not one was recorded in Indianapolis.) Bridgestone had an advantage because they supply IndyCars as well as Formula 1, but Bridgestone, like Michelin, have never done any F1 testing at Indianapolis.

    Michelin are to blame for getting the tyre wrong, the FIA are to blame for not getting the race going ahead. They did it at Barcelona in 1994 when Benneton were at fault. They did it at Interlagos in 2003 when Bridgestone were at fault. Why couldn’t they do it on Sunday?