Michelin unwilling to make tyres that “destroy themselves” for F1

Michelin says it’s not considering making use of to tender to be Components 1’s future tyre provider as a result of FIA’s need for tyres that degrade in a means “that have an effect on the sporting spectacle.”

Michelin’s CEO Florent Menegaux mentioned the corporate, which final provided tyres to F1 in 2006, stays within the sport. However the producer isn’t in settlement with the world championship’s imaginative and prescient for the kind of tyres it ought to use.

Final month the FIA opened the tendering course of to provide F1 tyres from 2025 to 2027. Pirelli holds the present contract and has been F1’s unique tyre provider since changing Bridgestone in 2011.

The FIA tender specifies varied standards the following provider should meet. It describes “enchancment of the present” as the highest precedence goal over drivability, efficiency and working situations.

Menegaux says Michelin doesn’t agree that one of the best ways to supply aggressive racing is thru tyres that are designed to degrade. “We’ve got been discussing with them for a really very long time — and we aren’t in settlement,” he instructed The Drive.

“As a result of they are saying to have the present, you need to have tyres that destroy themselves. And I believe we don’t understand how to do that. So, we can not agree.”

Menegaux mentioned Michelin consider racing is best when drivers are inspired to push flat-out. “Groups ought to be understanding tyre efficiency and capitalising on the truth that the tyre goes to be acting from the primary lap across the circuit to the final,” he mentioned.

Though “the drivers will inform you they wish to be at their most on a regular basis”, Menegaux mentioned that those self same drivers will say “it’s not attainable” to drive like that within the present period of high-degradation tyres.

Alonso received the title on Michelins in remaining ‘tyre conflict’ yearMenegaux doesn’t see model worth for Michelin in the event that they have been to “enhance the present” in F1 attributable to already being “one of many best-known manufacturers on the planet”. He mentioned Michelin’s motivation to be concerned in motorsport is “as a result of it’s one of the best ways to in a short time reside take a look at new expertise”.

producers have till Might 15 the submit their documentation, at a value of €75,000 (£66,000). The FIA will inform the Components One Group of their chosen supplier a month later.

Pirelli has confirmed it’s evaluating the FIA’s tender documentation, and no different tyre producer have but to publicly touch upon in the event that they intend to use.

Hankook, one of many world’s largest tyre producers and the brand new provider to Components E, is presently in a combat towards time to supply tyres for racing sequence internationally following a significant fireplace at their Daejeon manufacturing unit in South Korea final month. That destroyed a big quantity of inventory and led to tyre manufacturing being halted. FE was one in every of its lucky prospects which had already shipped out a lot of their tyres for the season.

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