Posted 24 June 2005 - 10:27 AM
Umm..no. It was shown that a particular brand of tire could not handle the stresses of a particularly high speed corner. The drivers of those cars lobbied for a chicane to slow all of the cars, and thus make it safe, or to allow different tires to be shipped in. The rules are such that only one type of tire can be shipped in for an event, and there are no replacements allowed.
F1 would not make the concessions because there were other teams who were not having problems with their tires, and it would not be fair to penalize the other teams that brought the proper equipment. Racing is always a matter of bringing the right equipment to the track, and those racing a particular brand of tires had simply not brought the correct equipment.
They could have still raced if they wanted to, however they would not have been competative. The team owners decided to boycott the race because they didn't get their way. No tires were banned, nor were any teams.