Whitmarsh Sceptical the Race will Run

McLaren CEO remained sceptical the United States Grand Prix will be run, with just over half an hour before the race is due to start

Whitmarsh Sceptical the Race will Run

Speaking to ITV, Whitmarsh said nine of the ten teams - all but Ferrari - have agreed not to race without a chicane in Turn 13. But he admitted that it would require a 'miracle' for this to happen.

"I don't believe they're building [the chicane] and I don't believe it can be built in 20 minutes," Whitmarsh said, "so unless something dramatic happens, there won't be a race."

Whitmarsh insisted that the chicane was necessary for safety reason and not, as the FIA stated, to solve performance issues. And he said: "We accept that we (the Michelin teams) should be penalised; we accept that we should put Ferrari on the front row, with Jordan and Minardi after. We accepted all this.

"But we're not going out without a chicane on that corner."

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