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Todt: Chicane plan was 'ridiculous'
Tuesday, 21, June, 2005, 17:14
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Ferrari boss Jean Todt has described the Michelin teams’ demand for a temporary chicane at Indianapolis as “ridiculous.”

He insisted that Ferrari did not veto the chicane proposal as it was not even consulted about it – not that consultation would have made any difference to its position.

“We would not have agreed, but we were never asked about it,” said Todt.

“Is it serious to decide to put in a chicane in half an hour with nobody testing it?

“It’s ridiculous.”

Todt suggested that if it had been Ferrari and Bridgestone in trouble, none of the other teams would have come to their aid.

“If, for example, we don’t have enough grip for qualifying and we ask for three laps because we have good grip after the third lap; or if we ask for a chicane because we think it would be safer for our tyres, I think everybody would laugh at us,” he said.

“Honestly, why should we compromise?”

Some have argued that the race should have gone ahead as a non-championship event with a more ad hoc approach to the tyre and circuit rules.

But, according to Todt, Ferrari would have boycotted any such event.

“If this race had been a race without points, we would not have started,” he said.

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