USA Grand Prix
Well, what can you say about today's race? Quite a travesty.
Personally, I'm not that upset for myself. I like a good race, but apart from the interest that the advertisers have in me, I haven't paid any money for it.
What gets to me is what is going to happen to the crowd in the stands. $85 for a ticket only for race day. And that doesn't come close to accounting for what some of them must have paid to get and stay there.
I'm pretty sure that on the legal side, the spectators will not be entitled to their money back as a race did/is (it's still going on as I write this) take place. It's going to have to take a leap of faith for the race organisers to hand back that $10m in gate receipts, but I think they might have to to save the face of the sport.
Unbelievable is the fact that no resolution was made to give us a race. This season was supposed to be the comeback of Formula 1. New rules making it an actual competition opposed to onlooking as Ferrari galevant off into the distance. Why the FIA didn't enforce a ruling to get a full race on is beyond me. A chicane was suggested and agreed upon by 9 teams but it was ruled out by the FIA who refused to reconfigure the track as addressed in this letter.
Though what hasn't been mentioned on the TV coverage is what comes out in the letter is that the teams could have changed their tyres in the pits on safety grounds. I'll imagine that would mean 7 stops for the Michelin teams, it would have at least meant they were competing for points and put on a race, which is more than what the spectators are getting.
I hope Michelin get a severe repremand for what they done. If they can't make safe tyres where Bridgestone can then I don't know what they are doing in the sport. Perhaps there is merit on the single tyre supplier idea...