Mercedes' race call questioned

Leading figures in sportscar racing have criticised Mercedes' decision to keep its remaining cars in the Le Mans race after Webber's shunts

Mercedes' race call questioned

Sportscar ace David Brabham, who drives for Panoz, claimed he would have refused to race the CLR.

'If I was asked to drive after those two accidents, I would say 'not until the problem is fixed. I don't believe you can solve a problem like that over a race weekend,' said the 33-year-old.

Brabham said that following Yannick Dalmas' somersault at last year's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, he has been careful about slipstreaming other cars.

The Australian is not the only driver to voice concerns over the dangers of the giant flat-bottom floors that are mandatory under all major sportscar codes.

A top designer from a rival team, who did not wish to be named, said, 'It staggers me that someone could give the authority for those cars to race.'

However, Le Mans rules boss Alain Bertaut denied that Mercedes' problem was unique to flat-bottom cars.

'There have been many examples of cars that flew before we had flat-bottoms,' he said.

'That doesn't mean that we aren't thinking about the future. We will be studying the problem.'

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