To the Editor:
Regarding Wim Oude Weernink's column ("F1 teams must escape the politics," June 27), will we ever know the truth about Michelin's Indianapolis tire fiasco? Or will secretive Michelin remain true to its ethos?
Indianapolis is not a new Formula One circuit. Michelin must have known what conditions to expect this year and what tires to send to meet those conditions.
Each F1 tire is handmade to demanding specifications. Was there a fault in the construction? Could it happen again?
Was Michelin trying to push the boundaries too far at this year's race? Did Ralf Schumacher's crash open up faults that had not been detected? Or did it expose revelations of the new performance envelope Michelin was trying to explore?
Tire manufacture is a black art that only specialists can ever expect to fully understand. But perhaps even they are exploring new territory and each Grand Prix is in fact a prototype run for new technology.
Whatever it is, race fans worldwide have a right to know the circumstances surrounding the Indianapolis tires.