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Mansell Backs Michelin and Teams

Former World Champion Nigel Mansell has added his weight to criticisms of the failure of the parties involved to find a solution that would have allowed all the teams to take part in the United States Grand Prix

Speaking to The Daily Mail, Mansell fully backed Michelin and the teams' decision to refuse to race on safety grounds and said he was amazed that a compromise solution could not have been found.

"You cannot blame Michelin," said Mansell. "I thought it was very brave of them to declare their concern over the integrity of their product and advise the teams.

"You cannot really blame the teams, who had to react to the advice they were given and not risk the safety of their drivers.

"I had some spectacular tyre failures during my career. One robbed me of a world title and yet I did not criticise the Goodyear company who supplied us in those days.

"You cannot disregard warnings about tyres. When the safety of drivers and, possibly, supporters comes into question, you don't mess about."

Mansell went on to claim that the installation of a chicane prior to the final corner would have been the best solution.

"You do whatever is necessary in order to race," he added. "A compromise had to be found.

"And that compromise was a chicane being installed at that final fast corner. Simple and effective." 

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