SEPTEMBER 16, 2001
Drivers split as race start approaches
The FIA is making no official comment but we understand that the race will not started behind a Safety Car and beyond that the governing body can do nothing except punish drivers if their decisions result in accidents with some drivers racing and others not.
The general feeling in the Monza paddock is that the no overtaking idea is ludicrous and that the F1 drivers should either race or they should go home. There were intense negotiations going on in the paddock the race start approached.
In the last few minutes we have heard that Schumacher has now said that if the drivers cannot agree the race will go ahead as normal but this is yet to be confirmed.