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Retrieved June 23, Stoddart recorded a meeting around This race would be Formula One's final visit to Indianapolis, after an eight-year period. They proceeded to summon the twenty drivers and present their plan. After this incident, which was not investigated by race officials, both Ferrari drivers were reminded over their radios not to crash out of the race, and they both settled into a slower pace, comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. Archived from the original on 17 June He led six or seven laps, and Hamilton then regained the lead.

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They likewise dismissed the possibility of making pit stops every ten laps, resolved that a chicane was the best solution, and instructed several technical representatives to prepare plans for its installation. Bernie Ecclestone volunteered to consult Todt, who had not come to the meeting, and the president of the FIA, Max Mosley , who was not present at the race, and reconvene the meeting when he had responses. Ecclestone returned at about By the time Stoddart's account of the meeting was published, Todt had already denied that he had ever been consulted, but stated that, if asked, he would not have agreed to the chicane.

The group, according to Stoddart, continued to propose alternative solutions, including "a non-championship race, or a race in which the Michelin teams could not score points, and even a race whereby only the Michelin teams used the new chicane", but eventually agreed that the best option was to install the chicane and run a non-championship race, without Ferrari if necessary.

The team principals were instructed to convey to their teams and drivers that, in the absence of FIA scrutineers and equipment, the technical rules could not be enforced, and that they were to conduct themselves honourably and in the interest of an entertaining race.

They proceeded to summon the twenty drivers and present their plan. Of the drivers' opinions, Stoddart writes: The nine team principals who were present then resolved that, unless they and the FIA could come to a decision in the best interest of the sport, they would not participate in the race.

After a short break, the group gathered again in Ecclestone's office to find Renault team principal Flavio Briatore on the phone with Max Mosley. Mosley had apparently rejected all of their proposals, and it was stated that "Mosley had informed Mr. Stoddart was then approached by a Bridgestone representative and told that Bridgestone wanted him to race; he has also stated that given his "current relationship with Mr Mosley, [he] felt certain heavy sanctions would follow if [he] did not [race].

At the start of the race, all the cars lined up on the grid per FIA race procedure. As Charlie Whiting signalled the green light to start the formation lap, a full field of twenty cars set off as normal for a single lap before forming the starting grid. At the banked Turn 13, the entrance to the pit lane and the turn that was the centre of the controversy , all teams that ran Michelin tyres returned to their pits, leaving just six cars from the three Bridgestone teams Ferrari , Jordan , and Minardi to start the race.

The move by the teams, to come to the grid and then pull out after the formation lap into the pits, infuriated the fans, who did not know about the plan. Schumacher retained the lead when the race started, and the only changes in positioning came when Karthikeyan overtook Albers but immediately lost the position again going into turn 1. Monteiro and Karthikeyan finished in a distant third and fourth, and Albers and Friesacher brought up the rear.

The race was a story of pit strategy, as the only passing on the circuit was of lapped traffic. Albers was the only car to run a three pit stop race, as all other drivers chose to stop only twice. The only lead changes came on lap 26, as Schumacher's second stop gave Barrichello the lead, and on lap 51, as Schumacher turned in the quickest pit stop at After this incident, which was not investigated by race officials, both Ferrari drivers were reminded over their radios not to crash out of the race, and they both settled into a slower pace, comfortably ahead of the rest of the field.

At the podium ceremony, at which none of the scheduled dignitaries were present, all Ferrari team members quietly accepted their awards, and quickly exited. However, Monteiro stayed behind to celebrate his first podium finish, and the first for a Portuguese driver.

The win, Schumacher's only victory of , moved him from fifth to third in the drivers championship. Bernie Ecclestone, in answer to a question by ITV 's Martin Brundle in an interview just before the start of the race, described the future of Formula One in the United States and the future of Michelin in the sport as "not good". He also said that the "incident's not the fault of the teams, to be honest with you. The race was labelled a farce, and David Coulthard said, "It throws into doubt the future of the race in US".

He furthermore called for Mosley's resignation. The following day, the FIA published a justification of its refusal to permit a change in tyres or the installation of a chicane. It contended that Formula One operated under "clear rules" which could not be altered when a team "brings the wrong equipment to a race. The FIA also summoned the seven Michelin-shod teams before the World Motorsport Council at their headquarters in France, for a hearing on June 29, to explain their failure to participate, by which they had presumably violated the terms of the Concorde Agreement.

He reiterated that the reason for not installing the chicane was purely that it had never been tested and was thereby deemed unsafe. He pointed out that the alternatives that the FIA suggested were feasible, and wondered why the teams did not use the pitlane as an alternative, especially when, with only six Bridgestone cars, the Michelin teams could still compete for the points scoring seventh and eighth places.

On June 29 the FIA World Motorsport Council found the teams guilty on the first two counts, that is, of not being in possession of suitable tyres for the event, but with strong mitigating circumstances , and that of wrongfully refusing to allow their cars to start the race. The teams were found not guilty of the other three counts. The punishment, however, was not decided, and was not to have been announced until September The decision was due to "evidence previously submitted to the FIA Senate.

They contended that had they competed, they potentially faced criminal charges for knowingly putting others at risk even if no accident actually occurred. On June 28, Michelin announced that it would offer compensation to all race fans who had purchased tickets for the Grand Prix.

Additionally, Michelin purchased 20, tickets for the United States Grand Prix to be distributed to spectators who attended the race. In addition to the refunded tickets, there was some discussion about holding a second, non-championship race at Indianapolis. On July 2, at the French Grand Prix , McLaren team principal Ron Dennis suggested that an additional race could be held at the American circuit after the last official race of the season, in Shanghai.

The teams had, apparently, already discussed the idea with Bernie Ecclestone. But the next day Tony George dismissed the possibility: Teams that were not in the top four of the Constructors' Championship standings were entitled to run a third car in free practice on Friday. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on July 6, Retrieved June 25, Retrieved August 5, Retrieved October 28, Archived from the original on September 29, Retrieved March 25, Retrieved January 26, Retrieved December 15, Zonta had similar tyre problem to Ralf.

Retrieved December 2, Tyres not flawed, just unsuitable. Retrieved August 10, Archived from the original on November 3, Retrieved February 20, Chicane plan was 'ridiculous'"". Retrieved June 23, Retrieved November 30, United States grand prix: The last vestiges of credibility are lost in a volley of beer cans and boos".

This was a precautionary measure—another concussion so close to the previous one could be dangerous. Ferrari , who expected that their pace would return at Indianapolis, [4] found themselves on either side of Williams driver Nico Rosberg with the fifth and seventh fastest times. David Coulthard and his Red Bull - Renault were the first to leave the pit lane in part one of the qualifying session.

His partner, Mark Webber , was close behind followed by the Spyker and Williams cars. Later in the session, with about six minutes left, Coulthard spun out in turn eight. Although they struggled, both Ferraris made it, as well as Vettel.

Scott Speed failed to make it out of Q1 in his native country, along with team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. McLaren and Ferrari began part two of their battle with Hamilton taking the top spot early. However, his team-mate, Fernando Alonso took top spot midway through. Webber made it to the next session, although his team-mate Coulthard was relegated along with United States Grand Prix winner Rubens Barrichello. In part three Hamilton was first out and set the quickest time with a 1: Alonso was about four tenths behind, followed by Heidfeld and the Ferraris.

Hamilton was bumped to third, Alonso fourth, and Heidfeld remained fifth. About one minute later, Hamilton took the top spot, and Alonso second. Alonso had one lap left, but could only get within about 2 tenths of a second of rookie teammate Lewis Hamilton. Heidfeld held on to fifth, with Kovalainen in sixth, bouncing back from his disappointing 22nd starting position in Canada.

Vettel finished seventh, just two spots behind his temporary partner, Heidfeld. Lewis Hamilton, on the pole, sped off the grid. Fernando Alonso stayed close behind, followed by the Ferraris. The drama in turn one was in the middle of the pack. Vettel ran wide and lost places, but escaped damage. Ralf Schumacher, who started in 12th, turned in late, and ended up crashing into David Coulthard, who he had started alongside. Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg, 13th and 14th respectively, escaped but Rubens Barrichello got caught up.

Schumacher was out on the spot, while Coulthard and Barrichello limped back to the pits and retired. Up front, the top four were running strongly until the pit stops came around. The top four all went in early, soon followed by Heidfeld in the BMW Sauber, leaving sixth place qualifier Kovalainen in first.

He led six or seven laps, and Hamilton then regained the lead. Despite a mid-race challenge from team-mate Fernando Alonso, in which the two McLaren drivers were racing side-by-side for the lead down the main straight, Hamilton maintained the lead to win his second-ever Formula One Grand Prix race, the other victory being in the previous event at Montreal. Takuma Sato spun off at turn 3 after managing to pass Adrian Sutil.

Sato had been due a drive-through penalty for overtaking under yellow flags, but this was changed to a place grid penalty for the next race.


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