Michelin ready for 2014 F1 tyre supply talks

Michelin F1 tyres

Michelin F1 tyres

Michelin has confirmed that it is seriously considering a return to Formula 1, while the sport’s existing tyre supplier, Pirelli, has said a 2014 tender at this late stage would be “farcical”.

But French marque Michelin, reportedly backed by the FIA’s French president Jean Todt, said on Monday it is ready for talks, as long as they begin soon.

The Michelin rumour gained strength at the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, where Pirelli’s fraught and highly-controversial season took yet another turn, when Friday practice was marred by more punctures.

“Our position is now known,” Michelin’s competition boss Pascal Couasnon on Monday told Le Figaro.

“If they [Formula 1] are willing to talk, we are ready to do so.

“There must be a time when it is no longer possible – we still need the physical time to produce tyres. By the end of October, it may be too late.”

However, he made it clear that Michelin, who wants to supply 18-inch tyres rather than the current 13-inch ones, is not simply willing to step into Pirelli’s shoes.

Couasnon also said he is no fan of Formula 1’s new era of deliberately heavy degradation.

“How F1 is presented today I do not like … at all,” he admitted. “It disappoints me and even makes me almost angry.

“Formula 1 is not about changing a tyre after a few laps, we offer a beautiful image of an important product for the automotive industry.” (GMM)

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  • Matthias O’keeffe

    I hope Michelin will come back and have a tyre war with Pirelli…

  • ovphoto

    bring back Bridgestone ’nuff said

  • Hawk

    I told ya…
    I saw Michelin testing two weeks ago.. on one of the tracks that has been driven this year.

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