Paul Stoddart gave this interview during the USGP. He certainly does speak his mind in a rougher sort of way. I really respect the Minardi team for always going out and fighting as best they can. It is a shame $50 million does not buy what it used to. The TV commentators may scoff, but this team is what F1 should be. A small team run by a real racer willing to stick his thumb in the eye of Max Mosely and the FIA when it needs to be done. The US fan club was out in full force during the weekend.
Well, Michelin did not get the job done. Six cars. Tony George, IMS CEO, should be glad there was not a bog for a burning bus like there was at Watkins Glen. I am frustrated by this. I have seen and read a whole bunch of stuff about today. I have the personal experiences. But in the end, I will still reach for my DC cap tommorrow. DC said there should have been a show. I will shell out the $9 or so for the next issue of F1 Racing. I will watch the next race. If you want a 2004 Michael Schumacher hat–email me it is yours. I am glad I got to watch Bernie Eccleston, F1 Supremo, leave with 14 laps to go.
According to the BBC and Speed Michelin tyre problems could cause a possible boycott of the F1 U.S. Grand Prix in Speedway, Ind. For some reason the Indianapolis Star has no explanation for what is going on. The local media is cares more about Marco Andretti winning a support race. Me, I am wondering if I am going to see a race or not. Max Mosely, head of the FIA, claimed to be a racer in story I read last year. If this race does not go on, my faith in the supposed most elite form of auto racing, will be shaken severely. Maybe Bernie, F1 supremo, can pull a rabit out of his arse on this one.
Here is a selection from Friday. I sat in one of the grandstands across from pit road. Sitting across from the Red Bull garage, I was able to see U.S. driver Scott Speed lay down a little rubber for his teammates. I have run into more Scots than any other nationality. The big news was that Schumi Jr. shunted in nearly same spot as he did last year. Jense struggles with a gearbox. Montoya (much to the delight of the Columbians) had the best time. It was fun to watch the photographers from a distance. It really is no wonder why so many pictures look alike. Qualifying is Saturday.