Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The Final Nail in the Coffin

The NY Times reports on on the murder trial of former Ku Klux Klan member Edgar Ray Killen, accused of masterminding the killing of 3 voter-registration workers working for civil rights in 1964. He escaped conviction on a 11-1 jury split back then when one juror refused to convict a preacher. Ironically, what could seal his fate this time is the last witness called by the defense. From the Times:
The final witness for the defense was a former mayor of the rural town of Philadelphia, Harlan Majure, who testified before a packed courtroom today that the Ku Klux Klan was a "peaceful organization that "did a lot of good up here."
Update 10:40PM: Killen has now been convicted. Edited to clear up the facts on the victims.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont think asking the drivers to voluntarily slow down on the corner would have worked either. No driver is going to take his foot off the throttle if he is racing for position (even the 7th or 8th spots) on a high speed corner. Imagine Kimi and Alonso chasing each other and one of them deciding that the risk was worth it to gain position. The next time around the other guy would take more risks and we would eventually have all cars taking the corner at full speed.

What would have made it worse is that the faster Ferraris and (yes) Jordans would have had big risks with cars ahead suddenly slowing down. It is not hard to imagine one of the Red Bulls taking out a oncoming Ferrari by unexpectedly slowing down (it has happened before).

Given the way the Williams team was sued after Senna's death in Imola, it is understandable that the teams did not want to be held responsible for any action taken by their drivers in the heat of battle. The teams would have been responsible since Michelin had already announced that the tyres were not safe.

The FIA could have assumed responsibility by requiring all the Michelin cars to take this corner with the pit-lane speed limiter turned on. If a Michelin driver violated the speed limit the FIA could have black flagged him. But again you have the problem of faster cars and slower cars circulating together which is a recipe for disaster.

The best option in my opinion would have been for the Michelin runners to have come in every 10 laps to change their tyres and race for the last 2 (maybe 4 given how slow the Minardis were) points paying positions. The tyre changes would have been perfectly legal given that this was a safety issue.

6/21/2005 9:46 PM  

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