[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
Max Verstappen Leads Honda-Powered 1-2 Finish in Brazil
More.......................
Handcrafted Acura MDX PMC Edition to Debut at AutoMobility LA
More.......................
News from SEMA: Hondata announces FK8 fuel system upgrade kit
More.......................
Acura brings Android Auto support for 2019/2020 RDXs with free OTA update
More.......................
Honda announces updated 2020 CR-V
More.......................
American Honda reports October 2019 sales
More.......................
GAC Honda launches HR-V-based VE-1 EV in China
More.......................
Press Release: ALL-NEW JAZZ LEADS ELECTRIFICATION CHARGE FOR HONDA
More.......................
General Talk --> Corvette is 2020 COTY
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: 2020 Porsche Taycan Reviews
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: The Kia Telluride is the 2020 MotorTrend SUV of the Year
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: Rumor: 2020 is the last year of the Accord manual.
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: 2021 Ford Mustang inspired EV leaked
Join Discussion......
Civic --> Re: Civic Hatchback 1.5t
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: Honda F1, stay or go ?
Join Discussion......
Type R --> Re: UPDATE: PHOTOS just ordered winter wheel/tire package for my Type R
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: F1 - 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix
Join Discussion......
NSX --> Re: New Home for the NSX
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: C/D Mid-size sedan comparison
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: Moto GP Valencia Spoilers
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: California to stop buying GM, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler vehicles over emissions fight
Join Discussion......
RDX --> Re: Type-S for ALL core models?
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: 900 HP RWD Civic for drifting
Join Discussion......
You can't spell FIASCO without the FIA
 Date: June 22, 2005 12:15
 Submitted by:  JeffX
 Source: TOV Editorial
 Credibility Rating: N/A


I actually started to write an editorial about the 2005 U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday evening, but it was just too difficult to write through the anger. So after a "cooling off" period of a few days, I have this to offer. I'm still angry, but I also have a lot more ammo in the way of information (links) than I had Sunday night. So perhaps that will save me from coming across as quite the raving lunatic.

The 2005 USGP was an abomination of a once proud sport. Michelin's failure to provide adequate tyres to 7 of the 10 teams was most certainly the root cause of the weekend's problems but the FIA's stunning lack of crisis management skills is ultimately what led to the FARCE that transpired on Sunday. Their lack of crisis management skills can quite possibly only be topped by their lack of PR skills. Despite the wording in their press release, a significant number of other accounts point to a management team that was unwilling and unyielding to truly provide an agreeable compromise, and most importantly a RACE. The "solutions" proposed by the FIA were an absolute laugh out loud JOKE and clearly were never intended to be taken seriously. Ferrari doesn't get off lightly in this matter, either. Of 10 teams, they were the lone dissenter in the only viable solution that could have resulted in some actual RACING. Perhaps the FIA would have changed their tune if their favorite team was onboard with the proposed solution. And I also found it a little amusing how when cornered, (Ferrari Boss) Jean Todt seems to contradict himself with his own remarks. (What the hell was that crap?!) The solution proposed to them would have likely resulted in Ferrari still scoring more points than anybody else, and they wouldn't have had to put on such a sorrowful act at the end of the race, provided Schumi didn't take out himself and teammate Barrichello first (he almost did just that in a field of only 6 cars!).

By the way, if you're still reading this rant and have no idea what I'm talking about, here are a few more links for some background:

http://autoweek.com/article.cms?articleId=102613

id=2091112" target="_blank">http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/news/story?series=f1&id=2091112

An Insider Account of What Transpired at Indy

FIA Denies Stoddart's Claims (wow, they've really got the PR engine cranked up now)

hubName=auto_racing" target="_blank">Minardi Boss Calls for Mosely's Resignation

Williams: 'Mosley refused to compromise'

Where was Bernie E. during all of this? Seemingly everywhere and nowhere. He did offer up this gem of a quote when asked about Danica Patrick, however: "You know, I've got one of those wonderful ideas, that women should be dressed in white like all of the other domestic appliances." No word on whether surgeons successfully extracted his foot from his mouth. UPDATE: As if it weren't enough to audibly construct such a sentence in front of the world's media, apparently id=2092194" target="_blank">he decided to call Danica Patrick and tell her the same thing on the phone. Well, maybe there is an upside - you may find comfort in the fact that Bernie is furious too.

I don't know about you, but here at the TOV we're really SICK AND TIRED of the political BS that's ruined F1 Racing. When we flip on the television on Sunday morning, or afternoon, we just want to see REAL RACING. The FIA seems to operate on a different agenda these days, so to commemorate their most recent (and absolutely brilliant achievement), the Temple of VTEC has designed another set of 100% cotton T-Shirts. This will be a limited run and we're ordering up our first batch today, so if you're interested in owning a piece of history, supporting the alternative GPWC series and expressing your displeasure with the way the FIA left a steaming pile on the infield of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the details for ordering your very own shirt are here. The cost is $18 (including shipping in the U.S.) per shirt for sizes S thru XL. For XXL the cost is $20 (including shipping in the U.S.).



Last edited by Tuan on June 22, 2005 21:59

Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  Ferrari?
dawheat 10
  Michelin screwed up
phastphil 1
  My understanding, quite possibly we forget what a sport is!
Steveaccord 0
  European fault no doubt
dodole 0
  Summing it up
Varmint 0
  Disappointing Year for F1
onetyme_sam 0
  Any other team would have done it....
notyper 0
  FIA's side
morph1ne 3
  I was there and I agree on some points...
carmaniac 0
  Don't forget the fans
duncan 0
  Love it or hate it NASCAR always puts on a show
crowflies 0
  what the rules intended
csempere 0
  Michelin PR....
Atomic Frog 0
Photo Gallery: RealTime Racing's TOP secret Honda Collection Hall
Read Article....................
2019 Honda Passport PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2019 Acura NSX PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
First Drive: 2019 Acura ILX
Read Article....................
2019 Acura ILX PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
First Drive: 2019 Honda Pilot
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2019 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy
30