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US Grand Prix 2005: a simple question of tyres?

Author: Cagna, Anne-Marie ; Castellucci, Fabrizio ; Van Eijck, JorisINSEAD Area: Organisational BehaviourPublisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD, 2007.Language: EnglishDescription: 28 p.Type of document: INSEAD CaseNote: Latest version available via https://publishing.insead.eduAbstract: This case describes the events that led up to the US Grand Prix in 2005 when only six cars out of the possible 14 completed the race. Seven of the nine teams had been supplied with Michelin tyres that were unsuitable for the Indianapolis track following an accident in practice. Various solutions were proposed to allow the Michelin-tyred cars to race but to no avail; all were rejected by the head of the Federation Internationale d'Automobile, Max Mosley. The incident raised questions as to where the real power lay and who controlled Formula One.Pedagogical Objectives: To illustrate the complex relationships and different objectives of the constituencies of a sport. To understand how these relationships and objectives might produce events detrimental to the image and development of the sport.
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To illustrate the complex relationships and different objectives of the constituencies of a sport. To understand how these relationships and objectives might produce events detrimental to the image and development of the sport.

This case describes the events that led up to the US Grand Prix in 2005 when only six cars out of the possible 14 completed the race. Seven of the nine teams had been supplied with Michelin tyres that were unsuitable for the Indianapolis track following an accident in practice. Various solutions were proposed to allow the Michelin-tyred cars to race but to no avail; all were rejected by the head of the Federation Internationale d'Automobile, Max Mosley. The incident raised questions as to where the real power lay and who controlled Formula One.

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