Who cares about F1 when there’s the beach?

The problem with Max Mosley:

All the time in this job you’re trying to solve other people’s problems. You sit in an office in Monaco slaving away and you could be on the beach or having a nice lunch. It’s crazy.

Aww, poor Max. He was so busy fucking up the sport that he’s head of that he missed his lunch.

My message to Max is, if you’re so keen on the beach, you’re more than welcome to bugger off on to it, and stay there, away from F1.

How does Max Mosley respond to those who call for him to do the decent thing?

“Stoddart is a sad case,” he said.

“I helped him tremendously when the other teams were trying to steal his money. But now my reaction is that he’s obviously forgotten to take his medication.”

“Mad Max,” as some call Mosley, seems to put more emphasis on the ‘Mad’ part every day.

Brace yourselves Formula 1 fans — the World Council meeting is on Wednesday.

Max Must Go, says I. Jackie Stewart seems to lean that way aswell.

Sir Jackie Stewart has accused Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, of a system breakdown at the US Grand Prix…

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart believes F1 teams could boycott future races if the FIA hands out “draconian bans” to the seven teams at Wednesday’s hearing.

Stewart said: “I think that would be scandalous. I think the sport, if it’s allowed to be dealt with in that fashion, can’t go on with the leadership it has if that is the case.[“]

…[Minardi boss Paul] Stoddart, whose team use Bridgestone tyres and did race in the US, has blamed FIA president Max Mosley for the incident and called for his resignation.

Stewart feels that it is definitely an option.

“I think it has to be looked at. I think there’s been so much disruption caused by this event.

“In the normal business sector, where corporate life has a very dim view of that kind of situation being allowed to occur, the management of the whole structure is put into question.

“I think the people at the top are vulnerable.”

GrandPrix.com says:

“It doesn’t particularly bother me,” [Max Mosley] told BBC Radio. “My predecessor, when he had a conflict like this, and I must say I was on the other side with the teams, we used to ask him to resign on an hourly basis. He never took any notice.”

What Mosley forgot to mention was that eventually the FIA membership grew tired of Jean-Marie Balestre and voted him out of office, much to his surprise. There is a danger that the World Council could vote against Mosley. That happened at the equivalent meeting a year ago, over the question of karting. After that defeat Mosley resigned, only to return to office a couple of weeks later when it became clear that the other FIA men were incapable of naming a new leader.

ITV F1 says:

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has already threatened to lead a boycott of the French GP if Wednesday’s World Council meeting turns the screw on the teams – despite the fact that his own squad, which uses Bridgestone tyres, will not be subject to any penalties.

…[T]he fact that a repeat of the Indy withdrawal can even be contemplated tells you everything you need to know about the rancid atmosphere that is currently poisoning F1 – and about the breakdown of trust between Mosley and the teams that is at the root of the problem.

The Mole’s take.

Update: Michelin reveal all about their tyres.

The tyres were not intrinsically flawed, but were insufficiently suited to the extreme racing conditions encountered through Turn 13 of the Indianapolis circuit this year. Given the evolutions concerning the cars’ aerodynamics, the regulations which govern the sport and the nature of the track surfaces etc, Michelin carries out testing in the course of each season with a view to developing the tyres which are the most suited to each event. Two key elements must be known about the Indianapolis circuit: Turn 13, with its severe banking, is the only turn of its kind in a season of 19 races; Testing at Indianapolis was not possible.

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