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January 22, 2015 7:23 PM

F1 » F1: FIA pursues legal action over Streiff's Bianchi comments

The panel investigated the accident and the data tells the correct story. Unfortunately, Bianchi did not slow to a safe rate of speed and left the circuit. The panel confined that drivers are prone to pushing yellow flag speed limits and have subsequently instituted a virtual speed limit that must be obeyed by all drivers. Finally, race start times will be changed. I think the committee did an excellent job but, even if it had not, Streiff's comments that its primary responsibility was to protect the FIA is defamatory and, if unchallenged, suggests some merit to his comments. The FIA has rightly extended a "cease and desist" statement and he would be wise to apologize and keep quiet with wild speculative statements of this sort in the future.


January 23, 2015 11:01 PM

F1 » F1: Streiff apologises as FIA legal action looms

I feel for Streiff, I really do. Horrific injuries have severely impacted his quality of life and he is known for making emotional comments concerning aspects of motor racing. And he has been given a degree of latitude because of this, the Schumacher comments a case in point. But the FIA really had no option but to threaten defamation if no retraction was forthcoming. Thankfully, he has retracted his statements and I suspect the FIA will quickly drop their threat of legal action. .... and hopefully some of the posts on this site will be more circumspect in their comments, though judging by Fullofit's comments, perhaps not.


January 22, 2015 8:13 PM

F1 » F1: FIA pursues legal action over Streiff's Bianchi comments

107SS2009 Yes, that is correct and I had forgotten that information. There are really two issues to this discussion: did the FIA perform a proper review, which I believe they did, and second, is Streiff correct in stating they chose a committee with the singular purpose for mitigating any culpability. Regardless of whether readers agree with those of us who feel the FIA did a good job or not, the laws are quite clear about defamation and Streiff's comments are clearly defamatory without very clear, specific proof to substantiate his statements. I suspect he was emotional when he uttered the comments and he would be wise to retract as soon as possible.

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