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"How close did the Sunday morning meeting come to finding a solution?
... If you’d had a dozen middle-aged women in there, the problem would have been sorted in 20 minutes."
"Was the Indy farce really about tyres or is it part of the manufacturers vs FIA/Bernie/Ferrari battle?
You bet it is. The war between the manufacturers on the one side and Bernie, Max and Ferrari on the other has been getting increasingly savage in recent months.
Michelin’s cock-up merely provided the political opportunity for the most high profile power-play in the war so far. What happened in Indy was, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, “The end of the beginning.”
We have been heading for a showdown since the signing of the “new” Concorde Agreement by Ferrari, Bernie and the FIA in February.
Frank Williams warned at the time that there would be ‘confrontations’ during the year. There have been several off track confrontations already.
Sadly Indy was the first occasion on which it spilled over and affected what happens on the track. It may not be the last."
"What role did Jordan and Minardi play in this?
This is the most interesting aspect of the story for me. They held the key really, because if they had held solid with the “Michelin seven”, then there is no way Ferrari would have gone out there alone to race and something would have been sorted out."
"Is this the end of F1 in America?
The Americans were already very angry about the Schumacher shuffle at the end of the 2002 race, which handed victory to Barrichello. The Speedway has not built its reputation over the last 100 years by confusing the public and cheating them out of a show. Even though everyone knows that the 2002 scandal and last Sunday’s farce were not the fault of the circuit, they did happen there and will always be part of what is otherwise a magnificent history.
The management will be concerned that F1 has come along and tarnished the Indy brand and I don’t think they will be very forgiving."
"So who’s to blame for what we saw in Indy?
Well in the first instance it is Michelin of course. They ignored the explicit FIA instructions, repeated by Mosley after the Nurburgring, to ensure that at least one of their tyre options at each event should be safe for qualifying and the race.
Beyond that I think that all the key players in F1 must take a share of the responsibility, because through their egotism and selfishness over a long period of time they have created a situation where all trust between them has been destroyed.
It’s like the Israelis and the Palestinians. You just can’t get them to see a bigger picture and start to trust each other. So that creates a vacuum, which is exploited by those who are intent on wrecking the sport we all love.