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On Sunday morning Michael Schumacher raised the idea of banning overtaking at the first two chicanes on the first lap of the Italian Grand Prix. Michael's concern was based on the fact that the first 2 chicanes at Monza were very tight and the fact that a marshal was killed last year at the Italian GP as a result of a multi-car accident on the second chicane on the first lap. Add to that the tragedy in the US on Tuesday and the horrific crash involving Alex Zanardi a day earlier.
According to Michael Schumacher, all the drivers agreed to have no overtaking at the start for the first 2 corners except for Jacques Villeneuve. Michael Schumacher was  angry with Villeneuve's disagreement and said "It's a weekend when everything is obviously is not right and after what happened last year, we had a meeting this morning and it was decided after the start that there would be no overtaking over the first two chicanes. One driver does not agree. It's pretty obvious who it is. He's small."

Jacques Villeneuve hit back and indicated that there are other tracks that are much more dangerous but had a normal start and said "Monaco is much more dangerous and there are other tracks which are much more dangerous than this one, so there was no reason to do it here." He also questioned the reasons for such an action. He indicated that he is a racing driver paid to race from the word go and the spectators paid their hard earned money to watch them race. Furthermore he was puzzled by the timing of raising this issue. He said "We are race car drivers. I'm a racing driver and I'm going to race. We sign contracts before the season, and everyone is happy then to be a racing driver and earn millions of dollars. We knew a year ago that there would be a race at Monza and nobody complained. Everyone knew that the Italian Grand Prix was happening and yet we suddenly decide on Sunday morning to make these plans. It's not right. What you have to think about is that there are people in the grandstands who have been saving their money for six months to come to see a race."

In addition to Villeneuve, a number of team bosses asked their drivers to start the race normally and in the end it was agreed that the race will start normally. Michael was not happy about that decision and said "It's sad to see that some drivers can be forced to go against their beliefs. Unfortunately some found themselves in that situation. Personally, I can't understand this sort of behaviour. In Formula 1, safety is a key issue. And, in these circumstances, it would have been better to have done what we wanted. That would have meant that we would at least have tried to avoid a further incident."

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As a huge Formula 1 fan and a retired car racer myself I am strongly opposed to the F-1 rolling start. The standing starts are one of the reasons that only the best drivers in the world compete at this level. By doing this it would only make it one step easier. If Formula 1 was easy then everyone would want or should I say think they could drive. Safety is always a good thing, but as with all racing of all forms, its a dangerous business and the drivers know this. 
If you look at the safety records of Formula 1 as compared to the amount of races spanning all the years it really seems to be pretty safe the way it is. NO TO PARADE STARTS !!!!!!! - John - USA

Who is stupid.. who is a pathetic starter.. the person who has won the most number of races in this f1 world... the person who tells he is a pathetic starter must be thinking stupid.. and as of the start well everyone of you r talking about Schumi .. why did others accept it except for JV. Are everyone in the racing grid foolish and those sitting out here and putting comments intelligent.. lets talk sensibly. MS asked for it and everyone else accepted it.. because everyone was affected by Zanardi's crash and WTC tragedy..
may be u people enjoy crashes more than a smooth race.. Lucky - India

For God's sake stop changing every bloody thing.  Leave the start the way it is - Christine - Australia

No parade start, standing starts are part of what makes Formula 1 a real world championship. No more stupid chicanes, widen the corners and lets have no
more of this CART style sissy talk. Gerald - USA

I don't know why Michael Schumacher suggested the flying start, but the only effect it would have would be to make sure the pack is going as fast as possible when it reaches the first curve.  This would not make it any safer, but would make it much more dangerous.  MS had so many crazy things to say before Monza, nobody passing before the first chicane, using a flying start, cancelling the USGP, etc that one has to wonder what he was thinking. But back to the question at hand: NO FLYING START - Jeff - USA

NO I do not support parade start in formula 1.I share the thought with Jacques Villeneuve. Schumacher wanted to get some more fans in America with his idea. He is such a dork!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Blaz - Slovenia

get rid of the stupid chicanes all together.  bloody idiot idea. 

slow people down with normal road conditions, hills, corners etc.....

no parade style start. another bloody stupid idea from the same two dimensional idiot school as the person who suggested chicanes - Paul B - Australia

No I do not favour rolling starts. I cannot see what difference it is going to make to at circuits like Monza where the cars are going to arrive en masse at the first chicane in any case. They might be stretched out a little more but the terminal speed is going to be higher. This holds for just about any track on the tour. In any case this is going to be much like CART which I feel is rather plasticky and lacks character. They have a couple of nice things (like drive through penalties in stead of 10 second stop/go) but this they can keep. As far as the swerving is concerned we must admit that we have seen a lot less of it lately due mainly I think to launch control. The use of it has largely negated the need to protect your position if you encounter a bad start. This is also something I feel we can do without but that comes with traction control so I suppose it will have to stay (unfortunately) - Johan M - South Africa

Would Schumacher feel the same way if he had not already won the World Championship??? I think not... perhaps the "best" driver in the world should think about retiring. An interesting comment from someone who tried to run his own flesh and blood off the road this season - SkiAmigo Chris - Canada

I prefer prefer things to remain the way they are. As for Schumacher, to me is a bit
cynical, (makes me remember of Maradona), better keep driving - Alberto R - Paraguay

I don't agree the style of 1 lap of parade lap before the start of the GP - Michael Schumacher Fan - Malaysia

Ha! MS knows he's a really pathetic starter so to keep his position, he wants these kinds of starts.
He doesn't care about safety....if he did we wouldn't see the SWERVE so frequently now would we????? - Yaman - India


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