Oh, and forgot to say – it seems most likely to me that McLaren have claimed there are misquotes present in the article. That would surely make the websites take the story down voluntarily, for fear of being accused of terrible journalism. Pulling an article should probably be explained to the readership though….
Is it really likely that Mclaren have the power to have an article they don’t like removed just like that for no other reason then they didn’t like it? Surely they could only force an article to be removed if it was factually incorrect?
They don’t have to legally force the site/s to take it down. Surely one of the top three teams in F1 has some clout with journo’s, for good or bad? To misquote Seinfeld:
I loved Webber’s first, but I’m an Aussie. Trulli’s was good, and well earned, but Kimi’s first was better for me.
Two others stand out for me, but it’s the team getting their first victory that I loved them for – Johnny Herbert for Stewart Ford, and (gulp) Sebastian Vettel getting Toro Rosso a win. It was easy to tell which of the mechanics (most of them) were Minardi boys, and that brought a tear to my eye.
When Indy (or Champ Cars at the time) raced at Montreal, they were lapping at 5-7 seconds slower per lap. Around a fast track, that’s a huge speed difference.
Also, I think Indy Cars are built using the same ethos as a road car ie. a body attached to a chassis (forgive my lack of expertise and feel free to elaborate), whereas an F1 car’s chassis IS the body (known as the monocoque).
Otherwise, about all I know is that F1 cars have power-steering and Indy Cars don’t.
Also, I think that if an F1 car was set up to race on ovals, it would still flog an Indy Car. The problem is, they’re not. Still, it’d be interesting to see the result…