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GP Week : Issue 48
>>F1 INSIGHT embarrassment. “Of course I thought shit we’ve got a problem,” he laughs looking back, “but I knew we were going to fix it. In fact it was fixed in time for the qualifying session that afternoon. We all know that putting a new series together is always difficult, and the closer you get to the starting date the more you can have these kind of issues, at the end of the day it was a small problem but it looked big. But I would say it was already forgotten at the end of the first weekend.” What wasn’t to be forgotten however were perpetual allegations of cheating in the press that threatened to overshadow the first two season of competition, as the ART team romped to the championships. “Whenever teams are successful, there are always claims that they are cheating,” he reflects. “In 2005 some people said ART was cheating, also in 2006 again some people said Hamilton didn’t have the same car as everyone else. Now they see he is an exceptional talent. The simple fact is that all of the cars are scrutineered by the FIA. We are not an FIA championship, but the FIA run scrutineering for us and they are very tough.” And if it wasn’t teams cheating, the rumours even spread to Michel himself unfairly influencing decisions to aid Renault-backed drivers, given his own links to the RenaultF1 team and the man who had helped concoct the concept of GP2, Flavio Briatore. “You always hear this in spec championships, but it is completely stupid to think I would ever risk what we have built. It goes back to the same thing, the drivers in GP2 are incredibly strong and Renault have always sent strong drivers to race in GP2. I must say though that no Renault driver has ever won the main series title. That shows just how competitive the championship is.” Bruno Michel’s first foray into motorsport came when he joined Ligier in 1993 as General Bruno Michel talks with Bernie Ecclestone