http://www.speedtv.com/articles/auto/formulaone/17762/ Great explaination by Todt Michelin teams have implicitly blamed Ferrari for preventing a solution that could have avoided the chaos at last weekends USGP at Indianapolis, for being the only team not to sign off on their plan for a chicane to be installed at Turn 13 to reduce the stress on the tires at that corner. However, Ferrari director Jean Todt rejects that conclusion, and suggested his team would have encountered no sympathy had the shoe been on the other foot for his Bridgestone-shod cars. I feel sorry about what happened, said Todt of the situation which led to the 14 Michelin runners peeling off into the pits at the end of the parade lap, taking no further part in the race. I mainly feel sorry for all the supporters who were here, for the American supporters, for the TV viewers, but it was not our decision. Todt admitted that F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone had talked to him about different proposals, including a chicane, but again, its a matter of the FIA, its not a matter of the commercial rights holder. Number one, its an FIA decision. Number two, if something happened on the other side; if, for example, we [Bridgestone runners] dont have enough grip for qualifying and we ask for three laps because we have good grip after the third lap, or if we ask for a chicane because we feel it would be safer for our tires, I think everybody would laugh at us. So you just have to be prepared to react to a situation. You have two sets of tires which you chose from, one normally is soft, the other one is hard and then you make your choice. I feel sorry for those who could not compete, but I feel more sorry, again, for the supporters. Todt offered his view of what the disadvantages would have been of the sudden installation of a chicane: If we knew beforehand that there would be a chicane, we would have come prepared for a chicane. We would come with different tires, we would have a different setup on the car, we would have different gear ratios. Honestly, why should we compromise? We try to do a good job with Bridgestone, and we did not do a very good job with Bridgestone since the beginning of the year. We arrive, we are in a situation where we see from Friday that we are competitive, we dont have any problem with tires, so for us its an opportunity. As to the question of running the race as a non-points event if a chicane was installed, to get around rules prohibiting such a change, Todt again said firmly that this idea was a non-starter for Ferrari. Would we have competed for no points? I say no. If this race would have been a race without points which cannot be, it would have been out of the FIA standard, we would not have started. Asked what sort of harm the boycott had done the image of Formula 1, Todt replied, Very bad. I wish we could come back to the States because its a very important country, its now our number one market, the States, and for so many years Bernie has tried to implement something in the States. Unfortunately, it was not the best demonstration today. It has been a hard hit for Formula 1 today. Todt added that the teams had been warned about pushing the tire situation to the limit. We all got a letter two weeks ago warning us after the Monte Carlo race and after Nurburgring when [Kimi] Raikkonen had his problem, that we had to pay special attention to the tires, the pressures, about all that, and its something we thought could happen for a while. Asked under what circumstances he would have been willing to compromise with the Michelin runners for the Indianapolis race, Todt said, I would say three options. One, they could have changed their tires. Two, they would have to compromise in this specific corner. And three, they could have used the pit lane. If these cars cannot take this corner, what can I do? You would have had a race.