Michelin have dismissed F1’s desire for tyres that “destroy themselves”, but the FIA’s invitation to tender suggests a shift in tyre philosophy may be on the way.
Michelin isn’t interested in applying to tender for F1’s tyre supply due to the FIA’s desire for tyres that degrade for “the sporting spectacle.”
F1’s most infamous farce unfolded 15 years ago today. Dieter Rencken recalls how he witnessed events when 14 out of 20 drivers pulled out of the Untied States Grand Prix.
Michelin says it turned down the opportunity to return to Formula 1 in 2020 because it will not produce a tyre which “has nothing to do with the real world”.
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Rumours suggest F1 could embrace a radical change in its tyre regulations, increasing wheel sizes from 13 inches to 18 and having more than one tyre supplier for the first time since 2006. But a less drastic step to 15 inches could prove a better compromise.
F1 needs a tyre supplier for 2011 and a return to the tyre war isn’t the answer. A new tyre supplier – or a new deal with the old one – is.
We all remember the debacle of a ‘race’ F1 put on at Indianapolis in the 2005 United States Grand Prix. Yesterday NASCAR suffered its own version at the very same venue, albeit running the full oval rather than the road course. NASCAR managed to put on a full race, of sorts, with a full field. … Continue reading NASCAR has its own ‘Indianapolis 2005’ – but the race goes on