the story below… taken from here show michelin being both smart, by attempting to smooth over their fuck up… but still, maintaining they did everything possible… aside from bring the correct tires…
still maintaining their innocence and how could the FIA screw over so many fans?
Michelin Offers to Refund USGP Tickets
Written by: Cassio Cortes
Clermont-Ferrand, France – 6/28/2005
Michelin has taken a large step in an attempt to smooth the PR blow inflicted by its teams’ withdrawal from the USGP, as the tire manufacturer has announced plans to refund the fans who attended the race at Indy two weeks ago. Furthermore, the company intends to hand out 20,000 free tickets for next year’s USGP among the spectators present at this year’s six-cars-only race.
“Michelin has decided to contribute to the costs incurred by the spectators present at the circuit on Sunday June 19th 2005 by offering to refund their tickets,” the company stated today. “This is an important decision, since Michelin is not at all legally bound to do this.
“Michelin deeply regrets that the public was deprived of an exciting race and therefore wishes to be the first, among the different groups involved in the Indianapolis race, to make a strong gesture towards the spectators.
“Michelin also offers to buy 20,000 tickets for the 2006 U.S. Grand Prix to be given to spectators who were present at the Indianapolis race in 2005. We are offering this to promote further Formula 1 interest in the United States,” it added.
The company’s initiative should also help its squads to get away with smaller penalties in tomorrow’s World Motor Sport Council hearing, scheduled by the FIA to analyze the matter. Still, the statement ratified Michelin’s stance of rebutting FIA president’s Max Mosley’s criticism, and made clear its disagreement ober the role played in the controversy by its affiliated teams.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to underline the fact that it is unacceptable that our partner teams have been accused by the FIA of having boycotted the Indianapolis Grand Prix,” it read. “The reality is that together, Michelin and its partners have done everything possible to assure that the race could take place in total safety.
“We are extremely disappointed that the proposals made with all our teams were not accepted. These proposals, including a chicane, were technically viable and totally met all safety requirements. On Sunday morning, June 19, the sporting authority had all the means necessary to preserve the interest of the race.
“And yet, the sporting authority rejected the proposed solutions. Why? In our view this is totally incomprehensible and reflects a lack of respect for the spectators,” the statement concluded.