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Bassic BS: F 1 (46) RE: BS: F 1 30 Jun 05

Re the tyres HuwG, Like Goodyear in the past, My understanding is that Michelin WERE able to supply the different grade of tyre and offered to do so once it became clear that the tyre they had planned to use was unsuitable. The difference this time was that the rules this year PREVENT a change of tyre to one different to that which has been nominated as the race tyre for the event. The nomination of tyre by the tyre companies takes place BEĀ£FORE the race weekend and Michelin were cought out by changes to the track surface this year which caused their nominated tyre to wear out more quickly than expected. It was this part of the rule that caused the whole debacle, not Michelin being unable to supply an apropriate tyre for the conditions. The conditions had changed. Thats what Michelin didnt pick up on. That was clearly their fault and they freely admit that. In the interest of safety the tyre change should have been allowed this time and the teams allowed to race. The FIA`s job should have been to devise a penalty which removed the advantage from the Michelin teams that would have resulted. It seems that that was where the failure of imagination by the FIA occured!!! Grrrrr!!!!! A case of "throwing the baby out with the bath water"!

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