Michelin reportedly tested Formula 1 tyres at Le Mans 4 September, 2013 Michelin man in F1 next year? According to reports Michelin may have been preparing for a possible return to Formula 1 next year for some time. Speculation that the French marque is in the running to either compete against the sport’s sole supplier Pirelli next year, or replace the Italian brand altogether, gained strength recently at Spa-Francorchamps. But according to the publication Racecar Engineering, Michelin’s preparations date back at least to June. “At the Le Mans test day, Audi ran a fourth car on narrow [Michelin] tyres”, reported journalist Andrew Cotton. “Michelin therefore already has live track data for a hybrid car and should be able to build tyres to the demands of Formula 1, even allowing for the extra downforce and cornering speeds of a Formula 1 car over an LMP,” he added. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.