There has been a lot of talk in the last few days about what penalty the World Motor Sport Council may decide to impose on the Michelin teams at Wednesday's hearing, and FIA President Max Mosley is waiting to see what the teams have to say for ...
There has been a lot of talk in the last few days about what penalty the World Motor Sport Council may decide to impose on the Michelin teams at Wednesday's hearing, and FIA President Max Mosley is waiting to see what the teams have to say for themselves. The seven teams face various charges, including damaging the sport, after they withdrew from the US Grand Prix due to safety issues with tyres.
The punishment could be anything from a reprimand to being banned and Mosley refuses to rule anything out. "I wouldn't exclude a ban or two," he told The Guardian. "If it emerges that the guilt of certain teams is of a certain level, then a ban will be justified. There are various other possibilities -- points being deducted, a fine or reprimand. I don't know what will happen until we hear from the teams."
A ban to one or more teams could cause them and others to boycott further races, according to Minardi boss Paul Stoddart. However, Mosley thinks even if he was in favour of a ban, other members of the Council would probably not be. "Even if I want to do it, the other 20 members are unlikely to do so," he remarked.
The teams themselves -- Renault, McLaren, Williams, Toyota, BAR, Sauber and Red Bull -- have been keeping quiet about the matter. Mosley is confident that no action will be taken should they be unhappy with any penalty awarded. "What are they going to do? If they go on strike, they're simply cutting off their nose to spite their face. That won't happen."
As for Stoddart, whose team runs on Bridgestone rubber but was very much an active part of the Indy situation and has called for Mosley to resign, the FIA President seems to find him a minor irritation. "Stoddart is a sad case," said Mosley. "I helped him tremendously when the other teams were trying to steal his money. But now my reaction is that he's obviously forgotten to take his medication."