No peace in sight
This year's French Grand Prix was remarkable. Not, though, for Michael Schumacher's easy victory; not for Fernando Alonso's valiant run to second; not for Rogers Waters' full rendition of Pink Floyd's light and sound classic 'Dark Side of the Moon on the Friday preceding the event; nor even for the fact that the event celebrated 100 years of Grand Prix racing.
What caused that rather tedious event held on a bland circuit in backwater France to pass into the history books was paper - lots of it. About, of all things, the engine 'freeze' proposed by Max Mosley and fought every inch of the way by the engine companies.
So much paper was floating about that Renault, despite having to fight from third on the grid before their adoring home crowd (and thousands of employees), saw fit to issue a press release distancing itself from statements made by the Grand Prix Manufacturers' Association - of which the French company is a paid-up member - slap-bang in the middle of the race.