Ecclestone plays down Michelin return reports 30 August, 2013 Michelin return to Formula 1 now doubtful Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has moved to play down reports that Michelin could replace Pirelli as the sport’s official tyre supplier next year. At the height of the new Michelin rumours ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, the sport’s chief executive admitted that the French marque “[does] want to get back in”. “But we have had contracts with Pirelli for some time,” he told Auto Motor und Sport. Ecclestone was referring not only to Pirelli’s 2014 contracts with the organisation he leads – Formula 1 Management (FOM) – but also the vast majority of the teams. But what about the crucial final contract, between Pirelli and Formula 1’s governing body, the Jean Todt-led FIA? “[The FIA] have nothing to do with the commercial side,” Ecclestone is now quoted by Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper. “They are the regulators, checking that the rules are being observed,” he added. Ecclestone also played down suggestions that the Michelin story is being powered by Frenchman Todt, the FIA president. “If the issue went to a vote of the World Council,” he said, “[Todt] is entitled to one vote. “But as it’s not a matter subject to the World Council, it doesn’t make much difference anyway,” added Ecclestone. Austria’s APA news agency also quoted Ecclestone as saying “All the teams that have talked to me about it say they are very happy with Pirelli”. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsPirelli: A three-stop strategy looks set to be bestPirelli preview Singapore Grand Prix weekendHamilton says Pirelli tyres were too good at MonzaPirelli reveals Japan and Russia compoundsPirelli report from the Italian GP at MonzaPirelli: We’re looking forward to an exciting sprint racePirelli: We expect to see one stop for most driversItalian Grand Prix: Pirelli preview MonzaPirelli: We are likely to see two pit stopsBelgian Grand Prix: Pirelli preview Spa McLarenfan The Michelin story is being powered by Frenchman Todt, who is not Bernie Ecclestone and we know that Bernie Ecclestone is F1 Faceman Michelin is the official tyre partner of the FIA so why wouldn’t they push to be in F1? I’d like to see the tyre war and personally I couldn’t care less if there were 2, 3, or 10 different suppliers… just as long as we aren’t forced to endure another heavily affected Pirelli season and Henbrey’s constant lies and contradictions.