Full Statement by Minardi after US GP

In view of the situation that took place at today's United States Grand Prix, the Minardi F1 Team has the following comment only:

Full Statement by Minardi after US GP

Paul Stoddart, Team Principal, Minardi Cosworth:

"First of all, our sincere apologies go out to the race fans, both here at Indianapolis and indeed, around the world, for the farce that took place at Indianapolis this afternoon.  This really was a time when Formula One needed to put sport above politics, but sadly, this did not occur.  Earlier on today, nine of the 10 competing teams had agreed that, in the interests of safety, a temporary chicane needed to be placed before the final turn, and that unless that took place, the nine teams would not compete.

"This idea was rejected by FIA President, Max Mosley, and in no uncertain terms, the teams were told that, should this occur, there would be no race.  This, in my opinion, is clearly not in the interests of the sport, the American public, or Formula One fans around the world.

"I have complete sympathy with the Michelin teams, and can take neither satisfaction from, nor interest in, this afternoon's race, if you can call it that.  For the avoidance of doubt, Minardi only participated when it became clear that Jordan had changed its decision to compete from this morning.

"I sincerely hope that valuable lessons are taken away from here today before we destroy the sport we love with politics.  A solution, which would have allowed the United States Grand Prix to have proceeded unaffected today existed, but was resisted by the FIA and not supported by Ferrari, who claimed it was not their problem."

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