With tensions already high between the F1 teams and the F1 regulating body (FIA), this latest fiasco at Indianapolis seems to have only made matters
worse for the sport.
Sunday's F1 race in which seven teams pulled out due to a disagreement with the FIA has been called in no uncertain terms as "F1's darkest hour".
The disagreement resulted due to tire manufacturer Michelin's inability to assess the reason for Ralf Schumacher's tire blowout during practice.
This led to a mass walkout by fans followed by angry fans throwing beer cans and other projectiles on the track!
The remaining six Bridgestone supplied teams did however carry on the race. Ferrari's Michael Schumacher's came in first, this being his first win
The team bosses responsible for the US GP boycott said sorry to American fans but claimed they had no choice because of fears over safety.Seven teams
pulled out after F1 bosses and Ferrari refused to add a chicane to the bend where two cars on Michelin tyres crashed on Friday.
"The most important thing is the sport. Unfortunately it's a very sad day for us all," said BAR-Honda boss Nick Fry.
The walk-out occurred when tyre manufacturer Michelin advised the seven teams it supplies that it could not explain the cause of the tyre blow-out
that led to Ralf Schumacher's crash in practice on Friday.
Ferrari, one of three teams to use Bridgestone tyres, vetoed a last-ditch proposal to modify the Indianapolis track's lay-out by adding a chicane.
With that rescue plan scuppered, the seven Michelin teams pulled out of the race - to the dismay of the confused and angry crowd - after the parade
Ferrari's one-two in the race gives them 18 points which rockets them up the championship table from fifth to second, level with McLaren.
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With so much divide in the F1 and with so great a disappointment in the US F1 I wonder where this sport is headed?
With only six cars competing and turning the whole race into a farce it has severely damaged F1's credibility and also disgraced the Indianapolis
circuit by such a farce.
With each fan paying upto $600 for a ticket and most of them coming from overseas, it is a shame that they were forced to watch only six cars on the
starting grid after having spent so much time and energy.
This is just the beginning of the divide in F1 and is only going to get worse if the FIA and the teams don't sort out their differences. Otherwise it
might go the NHL way!
This was the sixth US Grand Prix and it could be its last!
Also this race has cost millions in losses economically because of the large market these companies have in the US.
After the race Michelin's shares had dipped by nearly 3%, the repercussions of this fiasco will cause long term damage to the F1 teams, their sponsors
and the sport on a whole.
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