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The United States Grand Prix, the worst Grand Prix in the History of Formula 1

Formula 1 is a high-performance sport and the spectacle does not fade or fail in any race.

On one occasion, Formula One went through a moment of crisis, because the fight between tire brands made the 2005 United States GP one of the worst in history.

What happened at the 2005 United States GP?

This is the 56th season in F1 history, a season in which there is a “Tire Brand War” between Michelin and Bridgstone.

The race was held at the Indianapolis circuit and since the start of the GP activities on Friday, there have been problems with the tires, as Ralf Schumacher had an accident in free practice and the worrying damage caused by other teams to his tires , They caused an unforgettable situation for F1. It was a race that would always be marked by controversy and the fact was that only cars fitted with Bridgestone tires (Ferrari, Jordan and Minardi) started, because Michelin tires were classified as unsafe.

In fact, Michelin informed the teams that it cannot guarantee the safety of the race tires and proposed to make various changes to the regulations so that its teams (Toyota, McLaren, Renault, Honda, Sauber, Williams and Red Bull) can run, it is rejected. The possibility of having a race without scoring is also considered, since not all teams are in the same racing conditions, but there is also no agreement.

Only 6 cars were able to start after safety problems were seen on the inclined part of the circuit with teams using Michelin tires. At the time, F1 was heavily criticized and it took many years for the American public to trust again in the highest category of motorsport.

In the end Michael Schumacher won the race, followed by Rubens Barrichello and Tiago Monteiro, who with his modest Jordan achieved the only podium in his sporting career.

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