Formula 1 USGP: The GP that was not to be
By izick on Jun 20, 2005
No one had a problem with Raikkonen staying out at the Nurberg Ring with a badly flat spotted tire. We all looked in amazement as the suspension broke and sent the car fast into the grave trap. Everyone said, including Kimi, that they stayed out because they needed to win, it was worth the risk. Well if the USGP had been the final race of the year and Kimi or Alonso needed to a few points to win the championship, I bet they would have been on track. No one is saying they should have knowingly put themselves into danger, but they knew when it was too dangerous and they'd have to pit to change the tire. There was positions 3 through 8 that Michelin could have competed for, and if Jordan and Minardi were faster with all the Michelin runners taking many pit stops, then live with 7th or 8th place.
No one made Michelin make a bad tire and not testing on the track is their own fault. It wasn't a secret that the track's new surface was not a good one and not the first time they saw the banked turn. Michelin should stop trying to throw your weight around and make the FIA and Ferrari look like the bad guy.
On the lighter side, this gave Tony George and the Speedway a black eye, and I always like it when that happens.