@jim.com> wrote in message
> My understanding is that Michelin originally declared the problem with
> the tyres on Saturday and said they could ship over Spanish spec ones
Yes, the newspapers are NOT clear on the above issue.
We got a set a tires being sent Friday, and apparently EVEN Michelin
declared that this NEW shipment as a result of tire problems was ALSO NOT
safe. (at least could not be declared safe by Michelin).
However, Michelin (as far as we know) did NOT state that the Spanish tires
were not safe, and could ship them. That shipment of tires sent was NOT the
Spanish spec tires (if anyone can correct this fact, .please do).
At this point, we have FIA steadfastly holding that the rules state NO tire
So, was FIA eventually willing to allow a tire change?
I agree what Michelin seemed to sort screw up a bit, but life is not 100%
perfect, and FIA should allowed a tire change.
Of course, with no tire change allowed, then the debate shifted to the
adding of the chicane. When that fell through, they were simply out of time.
So, sure, Michelin had a miss-cue, but FIA should come up with a way to use
the Spanish tires. Perhaps even asking Bridgestone to supply tires.
The issue as the end of the day is how to deal with a problem. We can all
stand here and say gee, Michelin had a problem with their tires. Also, we
can say that rules are rule. At this point, management (FIA) has to deal
with this issue, and you can see that the way things went, we got a mess.
They had a problem, and they needed a BETTER soltion then what happned.
It is not clear if Spanish tires could have been shipped in time - these
folks simply ran out of time solution wise.
At least now, when they got this type of problem, the management and teams
will work harder to come up with a soltion...
Albert D. Kallal
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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