June 2005 Archives - F1 Fanatic archive

Suspended ban for 7 teams 29th June 2005, 18:00

The seven teams at the heart of the United States Grand Prix fiasco have responded to the FIA’s suspended punishment with an immediate appeal. They argue that the FIA’s contention that they were not in possession of suitable tyres is not applicable to them as it was the responsibility of Michelin, not the teams, to […]

Michelin’s $22.5m refund 28th June 2005, 18:00

By way of apology for the United States Grand Prix fiasco, Michelin have offered to refund all tickets for the 2005 United States Grand Prix and buy tickets for 20,000 spectators at the 2005 race to the same event in 2006, at a total cost of up to USD22.5m (GBP 1.4m / EUR 2m). This […]

Mosley raises the stakes 27th June 2005, 18:00

Two days ahead of the hearing into the US GP farce, FIA President Max Mosley has given his strongest indication yet that he will hit the Michelin teams as hard as possible. He also used the opportunity in an interview with the Guardian to dismiss suggestions that the ‘Group Of Nine’ will break away and […]

French Grand Prix 2005 Preview 26th June 2005, 19:14

Put to one side the speculation over the future of F1 and the threats that, if the FIA hit Michelin with an excessive punishment, we could find ourselves watching another six-car race. If normal service is resumed in France, there is a mighty championship battle to be fought. If Silverstone, host of the first ever […]

Something Completely Different

Now, as anyone will tell you, last week’s US GP was a disaster, and a stultifyingly tedious one at that. OK,some die-hard Ferrari fans loved it, but that’s all. But was there really a better way for us to spend a Sunday evening? We came up with a few alternatives: Watch another channel? – Among […]

How to know when to go

The toughest decision a sportsperson faces in their career is when to retire. This is especially true in F1, where drivers, team owners and even the sport’s administrators past and present have outstayed their welcome, to the detriment of their legacy. Of course back in the ‘golden age’ of racing this was not a problem […]

2005 half-term Report: Drivers #5-1

5. David Coulthard, Red Bull, 17 pts (9) Yes, he should have got out of McLaren much sooner than he did. But now he has, and found a comfortable berth at Red Bull where he is free to stick two fingers up at his detractors and produce quality drives that give this flamboyant team a […]

Editorial: How can you expect to be taken seriously?

If the punishment for the seven teams who boycotted the United States Grand Prix is deemed unreasonable, F1 could be on the road to an unavoidable split. The FIA will trial the Michelin teams on Wednesday June 29th, and the outcome will be pivotal for the future of Formula One. Already Paul Stoddart, a strong […]

2005 half-term report: Drivers #21-6 25th June 2005, 17:40

Nine rounds passed in the unprecedented 19-round 2005 Formula One World Championship, and Spain’s Fernando Alonso is the clear championship leader. But he may not have it all his way in the second half. We rate the drivers’ performances through the season to date. 21. Christijan Albers, Minardi, 4 pts (17) There has not been […]

Champ Car take F1 tickets 23rd June 2005, 18:00

Organisers of the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland have generously offered to honour any tickets stubs for the United States Grand Prix as entry for their round of the Champ Car calendar. For more information see http://www.grandprixofcleveland.com/ The FIA and F1 teams would do well to imitate such generosity if they hope to ever […]