Tuesday, May 14, 2002

MORE ON NON-NASCAR RACING: Team Ferrari orders Rubens Barrichello to let Michael Schumacher pass him in an F-1 race on Sunday:

Formula One might be the most popular auto-racing series since the invention of the wheel. Its teams might have operating budgets that could turn a developing nation into a superpower.
But this time, F-1 has hit the wall big-time. Even in a series that oozes arrogance, the decision of the Ferrari team Sunday to order Rubens Barrichello, who was on the verge of taking the checkered flag, to slow down and allow Michael Schumacher to win the Austrian Grand Prix was outrageous.
Ferrari tried to defend the decision Monday, a move that amounts to gasoline on the fire.
For those who don't follow F-1 racing, Ferrari team manager Jean Todt ordered the move to enable Schumacher to expand his series lead in his bid for a third straight season championship. The crowd greeted the sham with jeers.

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