FIA still unhappy with Michelin

The FIA is mildly mollified by Michelin's offer to compensate the Indianapolis spectators but the dispute between F1's governing body and the French tyre manufacturer is far from over. The FIA does not agree with Michelin's version of events at ...

The FIA is mildly mollified by Michelin's offer to compensate the Indianapolis spectators but the dispute between F1's governing body and the French tyre manufacturer is far from over. The FIA does not agree with Michelin's version of events at Indianapolis and also has its hackles up about comments made by Michelin chairman Edouard Michelin in a letter to FIA president Max Mosley.

In the letter, which was leaked to the press, Michelin said he was unhappy about the FIA's contentions, which he claimed were based on allegations, and about the "suspicious and inappropriate tone employed" by the governing body.

On June 29th, the FIA released the following statement: "The FIA welcomes the announcement made by Michelin of a compensation package for the spectators of the 2005 United States Grand Prix."

"However, the FIA strongly contests the version of events detailed in Michelin's press release of June 28 and rejects the views expressed in Edouard Michelin's widely publicised letter to the FIA President of June 27."

"The exchange of correspondence between the FIA President and the Chief Executive of Michelin was deliberately leaked to members of the Press, we are therefore placing the complete exchange of correspondence in the public domain."

The correspondence can be found on the FIA's website, www.fia.com

Meanwhile, F1 awaits news from Paris, where the seven Michelin teams have been in a World Motor Sport Council hearing to face charges in regard to the US Grand Prix. There was no comment from the various team bosses as they left the meeting but word has it that the news is not good…

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