The FIA has made public the list of charges it intends to face the Michelin teams with at a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris on June 29th. After the seven Michelin-shod teams withdrew from the US Grand Prix, citing safety grounds in...
The FIA has made public the list of charges it intends to face the Michelin teams with at a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris on June 29th. After the seven Michelin-shod teams withdrew from the US Grand Prix, citing safety grounds in regard to tyres, the FIA summoned them to appear before a hearing. Extracts of the FIA document reached the press so the governing body decided to publish it.
The charges are being bought under Article 151c of the International Sporting Code, which pertains to acts prejudicial to the interest of competition or motor sport in general. The list of charges the teams -- Renault, Williams, BAR, McLaren, Toyota, Red Bull and Sauber -- have to answer to in breach of Article 151c, in regard to the United States Grand Prix, is as follows:
"that you <ul> <li>failed to ensure that you had a supply of suitable tyres for the race and/or <li>wrongly refused to allow your cars to start the race and/or <li>wrongly refused to allow your cars to race, subject to a speed restriction in one corner which was safe for such tyres as you had available and/or <li>combined with the other teams to make a demonstration damaging to the image of Formula One by pulling into the pits immediately before the start of the race </ul> and that you failed to notify the stewards of your intention not to race, in breach of Article 131 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations."
So far the FIA has focused its ire on the teams, rather than Michelin, for refusing to race with a self-imposed speed limit through Turn 13, or taking another option rather than withdrawing from the event. The governing body had also proposed they could change tyres before the race and accept any penalty for breaking the rules, or change tyres during the race subject to valid safety reasons.
Michelin and the teams insisted that "the only practical solution was for a chicane to be installed prior to Turn 13", which the FIA declined to agree to. "Safety is always the first concern of any team and the FIA," said a statement from the tyre manufacturer and its partners. "Regrettably the teams were obliged to follow Michelin's requirements not to race."