I know we have a few racing fans here. Normally I wouldn’t take time out to post during a race, but the FIA and Michelin have turned the USGP (happening in Indianapolis as I post) into a complete farce.
If you haven’t heard, after a few accidents caused by tire blowouts in testing this weekend, Michelin has ruled that its tires (on the majority of cars in the field) cannot be used for the race, for safety reasons. The problem was caused by the high speeds in the last turn of the course. The teams proposed that a chicane be put in that turn to lower the speeds, but the FIA (the ruling body of Formula One) refused.
All this played out within the 12 hours before the race started at 2 pm EDT today.
So the grid formed up, and after the first parade lap all but six cars drove into their garages. The six Bridgestone-equipped cars – two cars each from Ferrari, Minardi, and Jordan – are running. It’s probably the most bizarre race in F1 history.
The 150,000 fans at Indianapolis (who probably paid at least $100 for their tickets) are understandably incensed. I’m sure there are lawyers drafting class action lawsuits against Michelin and FIA at this moment.
What a black eye for F1 in the US, and especially now that Scott Speed has been doing so well and promising to bring more American attention to the most high-tech and popular form of motorsport in the world.