Stoddart: Points Mean Nothing

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart took neither pride nor pleasure from his struggling Formula One team's first double points finish in 16 years

Stoddart: Points Mean Nothing

The Australian said Sunday's U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis was an event to forget -- a race in name only, with just six cars starting after all seven of the Michelin-equipped teams withdrew.

"Today did not happen as far as I'm concerned," he said after Dutchman Christijan Albers finished fifth and Austrian Patrick Friesacher sixth.

"I don't care about the points, I'm not in the slightest bit interested, this was a sad day for Formula One.

"The damage is immeasurable ... you wouldn't be surprised if they didn't want to have another grand prix here and I don't blame them one little bit."

"I don't take any pride or pleasure from the points."

Stoddart, whose team last scored a point at the U.S. Grand Prix in 2004, offered his apologies to all race fans at the Brickyard and around the world "for the farce that took place at Indianapolis this afternoon".

Impossible Position

Nine of the 10 teams, all but Ferrari, had agreed in the morning not to race unless a temporary chicane was installed before the final turn to slow cars down.

They had offered to let the three Bridgestone teams start ahead of them and even not to score points but the idea was ruled out by the governing body.

"The only reason that the Minardis went out was because Jordan didn't adhere to an agreement they'd made earlier about not racing and that left us in an impossible position," Stoddart said.

"Today Formula One lost sight of anything other than politics.

"If anyone thinks this was about safety, come on," he added. "It was anti-safety. Putting in a chicane was a safety measure.

"The argument could have been about whether it was a points scoring or non points-scoring race but we would have still entertained the crowd.

"What I witnessed today was disgraceful and in any other walk of business there would be calls for the person who did this to resign," he continued.

"The cure was there and it was not taken up by the top person in Formula One who had the power to allow it to happen, in my opinion."

FIA president Max Mosley, the clear target of Stoddart's words, turned the focus on Michelin instead.

"It seems that the Michelin teams failed to bring a back-up tyre as usual with them to Indianapolis," said the Briton, who did not attend the race.

"As a result they had a performance problem and asked for the circuit to be changed to overcome their difficulty.

"The FIA offered them options which would have allowed them to compete safely within the limitations of their tyres. For some reason they chose not to accept these options."

shares
comments
IMS to Review F1 Future at Indy
Previous article

IMS to Review F1 Future at Indy

Next article

Karthikeyan: Points are Points

Karthikeyan: Points are Points
Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised Plus

Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised

AlphaTauri’s mission in F1 is to sell clothes and train young drivers rather than win the championship – but you still need a cutting-edge factory to do that. Team boss Franz Tost takes GP Racing’s OLEG KARPOV on a guided tour of a facility that’s continuing to grow

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons Plus

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons

Gilles Villeneuve's exploits behind the wheel of a Ferrari made him a legend to the tifosi, even 40 years after his death. The team's current Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc enjoys a similar status, and recently got behind the wheel of a very special car from the French-Canadian’s career

Formula 1
Jun 24, 2022
How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock Plus

How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock

Porpoising has become the key talking point during the 2022 Formula 1 season, as teams battle to come to terms with it. An FIA technical directive ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix and a second stay appearing on the Mercedes cars only served to create a bigger debate and raise tensions further

Formula 1
Jun 23, 2022
Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left? Plus

Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left?

Having extended his Formula 1 points lead with victory in Canada, Max Verstappen has raised his game further following his 2021 title triumph. Even on the days where Red Bull appears to be second best to Ferrari, Verstappen is getting the most out of the car in each race. So, does he have any weaknesses that his title rivals can exploit?

Formula 1
Jun 22, 2022
How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector Plus

How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector

In 2026, Formula 1 plans to make the switch to a fully sustainable fuel, as the greater automotive world considers its own alternative propulsion methods. Biogasoline and e-fuels both have merit as 'drop-in' fuels but, equally, both have their shortcomings...

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far Plus

The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far

OPINION: Carlos Sainz came close to winning in Monaco but needed that race’s specific circumstances for his shot at a maiden Formula 1 victory to appear. Last weekend in Canada, he led the line for Ferrari in Charles Leclerc’s absence from the front. And there’s a key reason why Sainz has turned his 2022 form around

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Plus

Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Plenty of high scores but just a single perfect 10 from the first Montreal race in three years, as Max Verstappen fended off late pressure from Carlos Sainz. Here’s Autosport’s assessment on the Formula 1 drivers from the Canadian Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2022
Why “faster” Ferrari couldn’t beat Red Bull in Canadian GP Plus

Why “faster” Ferrari couldn’t beat Red Bull in Canadian GP

On paper the Canadian Grand Prix will go down as Max Verstappen’s latest triumph, fending off late pressure from Carlos Sainz to extend his Formula 1 world championship lead. But as safety car periods, virtual and real, shook up the race Ferrari demonstrated it can take the fight to Red Bull after recent failures

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2022