Ron Dennis has joined those questioning the point of going to Indianapolis for the United States Grand Prix, following the terrorist attacks that hit America last week.

The McLaren boss told Britain's Daily Telegraph that it might be prudent to cancel the event - which no longer has any bearing on the outcome of the world title - in the name of common sense and respect for those caught up in the events which swept New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

His view coincides with some of his fellow paddock members, but remains in conflict with others, notably FIA president Max Mosley, who insisted that the race must go on, as cancellation would appear to be bowing to the power of terrorism.

"There isn't a simple answer to what if effectively a world issue," Dennis said, "Whatever our response to this situation, I would like it to be a unified response which it clearly doesn't seem to be at the moment.

"We are all emotional people, but the important thing is to base decisions on facts, on understanding what is the right thing to do, not on a knee-jerk reaction which might bring about an inappropriate decision."

While many in the paddock did not appear to have the heart to run at Monza this weekend, there is also the thought that the trip to America would be fraught with, not just possible danger, but also logistical problems, following the imposition of restrictions on air movement by the Federal Aviation Authority.

"We are trying to take a practical approach," Dennis said, "If retaliatory action is taken, it will enhance the difficulties of movement, and it would not be practical to hold the event."

 

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