FIA, Bernie, criticise drivers over Monza safety

Wed, 13 September 2006, 04:48

F1’s governing body has sided against the drivers’ ‘GPDA’ union over circuit safety at Monza.

The angry drivers’ body, headed by Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard and Jarno Trulli, authored a statement this week condemning the high speed Italian venue.

But the FIA on Wednesday praised the ‘Autodromo Nazionale’ after it last weekend pioneered the use of an innovative FIA-developed High Speed Barrier at key quick bends.

The Paris-based Federation also defended circuit officials for snubbing the drivers’ Monza meeting.

”The owners of (F1) circuits are not required to discuss safety measures with third parties, including drivers,” a statement read.

”This is to prevent self-appointed experts, with little or no understanding of the latest developments in circuit safety, causing confusion and undermining the significant safety benefits which are now being achieved.”

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone also leapt to Monza’s defence by insisting that the historic circuit had always kept up with FIA requests.

And he added: ”The drivers should speak with the FIA and not with the press.”


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