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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 June, 2005, 12:43 GMT 13:43 UK
Mosley 'wrecked US salvage talks'
Only two cars started the US Grand Prix following problems with Michelin tyres
Only the Ferraris, Minardis and Jordans started the US GP
The US Grand Prix fiasco could have been avoided but for the intervention of Formula One boss Max Mosley, Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has said.

Stoddart said most F1 teams had lost faith in Mosley - the president of F1's governing body the FIA - and repeated calls for his resignation.

He said Mosley resisted all attempts to solve the problem of Michelin being unable to guarantee its tyres' safety.

"Mosley failed in his duty so I have called for his resignation," he said.

"There is no question in my mind that the farce that occurred... at Indianapolis was the responsibility of the FIA president, Max Mosley, and compounded by the lack of support from (Ferrari boss) Jean Todt.

"Mosley refused to accept any of the solutions offered and that refusal was, I believe, politically motivated."

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart
It was evident Mosley had bullied the US Grand Prix promoter into submission and Bernie Ecclestone was powerless to intervene
Paul Stoddart
Stoddart's views come in a lengthy statement released by Minardi, which he says is an attempt to "provide a truthful account" of events at Indianapolis.

The race went ahead with just six cars after all the Michelin teams pulled out because their tyres' safety could not be guaranteed over a race distance.

The FIA has blamed Michelin and the teams - Renault, McLaren, Williams, Toyota, BAR, Sauber, Red Bull - and said they should have run at reduced speeds.

Mosley said inserting a chicane would have been "grossly unfair" to the teams using Bridgestone tyres, which were suffering no problems, as well as raising fresh safety and legal issues.

All the teams could face sanctions after being summoned to a meeting in Paris next week.

But Stoddart said the FIA's solution for the Michelin teams to run more slowly through the 200mph final corner "could, and probably would" have caused a "monumental accident".

Stoddart said nine of the 10 teams were then prepared to stage a non-championship race, without Ferrari, to ensure the crowd were entertained.

That too, he said, was ruled out by Mosley after discussions with F1's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone and others including McLaren boss Ron Dennis.

"To my total disgust, it was stated that Mosley had informed Mr Martin, the FIA's most senior representative in the USA, that if any kind of non-championship race was run, or any alteration made to the circuit, the US Grand Prix and indeed all FIA-regulated motorsport in the US would be under threat," said Stoddart.

Max Mosley, president of the FIA
Mosley is in the firing line over the US GP fiasco
"By now it was evident Mosley had bullied the US Grand Prix promoter into submission, Bernie Ecclestone was powerless to intervene and all efforts of the team principals, with the exception of Jean Todt, had failed to save the 2005 US Grand Prix," he said.

Stoddart said that "Minardi, the seven Michelin teams, Bernie Ecclestone and the promoters did not agree with Mr Mosley's tactics".

He added that those involved in the dicussions aimed at saving the race "felt and stated that Mosley had overstepped the mark and had no idea whatsoever of the gravity of the situation".

He said: "Michelin was responsible enough to admit that the problem was of their creation.

"When one considers that even the replacement, Barcelona-specification tyres that were shipped to IMS, when tested, apparently exhibited the same characteristics as those that originally failed, this clearly is a case of force majeure."

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