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Let common sense prevail

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29/06/2005

Today, Wednesday June 29, could see the future of Formula One racing decided.

For today, the World Motor Sport Council, having heard evidence from all those involved, will decide the fate of the seven teams that chose to withdraw from the United States Grand Prix.

We are all aware of what's at stake, we also aware of the political argy-bargy going on behind the scenes, as various parties attempt to make their point.

Michelin has made a gesture - by offering to reimburse fans who attended the recent farce - even offering 20,000 free tickets for next year's event, should it happen.

However, the French manufacturer also took the opportunity of launching another broadside at the FIA, and in particular its president, Max Mosley.

Mosley, has made it clear that he is not the kind of man to walk away from a problem, and has said that he will act in line with the WMSC's findings.

The team's however, in sticking (almost) together, and boycotting the US Grand Prix, have clearly demonstrated that there is a 'new order' in F1, and that despite Frank Williams' fears that they will be "humiliated", are prepared to fight to the bitter end.

Sadly, caught in the middle is a sport that has thrilled us, saddened us, lifted us and disappointed us for 56 years. It has produced heroes and villains, caused us to shed tears of laughter and sorrow.

No matter that some unenlightened fools feel F1 to be a case of 'roundy roundy', anyone who has seen, far less heard an F1 car 'in anger' is fully aware of just how evocative these machines are. We have witnessed many processions, many dumb rules, many drivers (and teams) that didn't deserve to be there, however, we have also witnessed true bravery, outstanding heroism and superb racing featuring legendary men and their machines.

Please, please, please, please, please... do not allow your egos, your craving for publicity, money and power to further damage this sport, our sport.

Let common sense prevail.

If it is felt that the parties (teams) involved need further punishment, then let it fit the crime, rather than further damaging the sport, which is already fast becoming a laughing stock.

And to the teams, if it is decided that you do have to be punished, accept it, don't use the sport, and thereby the fans, to make a point.

Will somebody please take the initiative... and let common sense prevail.

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