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I want my Minardi: Response
I'm trying to find a reason for the whole Melbourne debacle.
Stoddart has put forward a variety of reasons for why he did not produce a compliant car to start the season; No money, late inception of the 05 regulations, Cosworth sale, etc.
I don't want to rehash the arguements. The rules were finalised 6 months ago. Although FOMOCO pulled out of F1. Cosworth as a top line engineering company would always find a buyer. The 05 engine program was in situ and FOMOCO were never going to shut it down. Why? cos to sell Jag they needed a viable engine supply and under US employment law you are liable for employees salaries and pensions for up to 3 years. A massive expenditure.
Regards being allowed to race the 04 car I can't recall when the FIA said this was on the cards. Moseley stated that Stoddart was free to contest the rules. But if he brought a non compliant car to Aus the stewards would throw it out.
AFAIK the ability to obtain all competitors agreement to race a car applies only to sporting regs. Jello can correct me, ie your car falls outside the 107% rule, or you don't post a time in the quali session. You can then appeal to the stewards and race under special dispensaton. This was the case with Marques in 01.
This rule does not apply to The technical rules. They're like Caesar's wife - sacrosanct.
What has all the commotion achieved. I'm at a loss to explain.
Itcertainly did not endear Minardi to the FIA.