December 14, 2009 8 Comments
Bruno Michel’s comments to Autosport this past weekend have struck me as very negative for the category.
First, he unilaterally declares that Durango will not be in GP2 for 2010. We all know Pinton’s team has serious problems, but I would assume an official communication from him or GP2 should be the one to inform us of their absence next season.
Second, Michel destroys any possible interest in joining GP2 in 2010, with such infantile and unprofessional comments as “it wouldn’t be worth any team joining for one year.” What?? I actually had to re-read this several times to make sure I wasn’t misinterpreting his remarks! What series boss, especially one owned by a private equity fund, could dare make these remarks!
Then, he goes on to say it “wouldn’t be fair” to other teams to guarantee any new entrant a 2011 slot. What really wouldn’t be fair is to destroy the category, Bruno!
Seriously, if I was the fund manager in charge of GP2, I would heavily question the preparation, capacity and overall ability of Mr. Michel in running this category. As a friend put it in an email to me this weekend, why don’t teams rebel against this sort of leadership, that is ultimately threatening their business? Clearly, some other interests must be in the way, or else this gentleman’s role should be under serious scrutiny. Just my opinion….