July 22, 2005
F1 teams cleared of U.S. Grand Prix guilty charges
HOCKENHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - Formula One's governing
body has formally canceled guilty verdicts made against the
seven Michelin teams after the U.S. Grand Prix tire fiasco.
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a
statement Friday that its world motor sport council had voted
overwhelmingly to wipe the slate clean after examining new
last week to annul the verdicts.
The June 19 race at Indianapolis turned into a fiasco after
just six cars started. The Michelin teams -- championship
leaders Renault, McLaren, Williams, Toyota, BAR, Sauber and Red
Bull -- withdrew because of tire safety concerns.
The seven were cleared of three charges but found guilty at
a hearing in Paris on June 29 of failing to ensure they were in
possession of suitable tires and wrongfully refusing to allow
their cars to start the race.