F1 » Bridgestone expects severe test as Michelin calls for tyre war

Michelin has said that it would only consider a return to F1 if it faced competition from a rival.

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April 13, 2010 6:11 PM

I read that the two Korean tire manufactures are no longer interested in providing tires. Michelin is going to make F1 beg. After what Max did to them at Indy I would draw blood before coming back.

andrew - Unregistered

April 13, 2010 6:22 PM

what did le grande perv do to them?

if i remember rightly they provided faulty tyres. i don't like mosley but i don't think he is involved in tyre manufacture.

andrew - Unregistered

April 13, 2010 6:49 PM

I am versed and don't let blind hate cloud my view.

Old 5panker doesn't make the tyres does he? Michelin messed up and got their ar5es handed to them.


April 13, 2010 6:56 PM

Yes and the double diffuser was genius. Now I am being serious. Do you actually not know why Michelin left F1? Please tell me you have an idea. And don't say a bad side wall on the tire. true the tire failed but that is not the total reason for the poor event and exit of Michelin.

CARSON44 - Unregistered

April 13, 2010 7:01 PM

I attended the 2005 race at Indy, in fact I stayed at the same Hotel as many of the Michelin crew. They knew that they were not going to race long before they arrived in Indy. The display, always present, with Bib posing for pictures with fans wasn't there. In past years it was set up for pratice on Friday. So my point is this, Michelin had 5 years worth of data on race conditions at the USGP @ Indy and were unable to build a tire that could compete.If you were in charge would you let them return. While what they did was not as dishonest or unsportsman like as that of Briatore, it was just as bad for the sport. A lifetime ban doesn't seem that harsh. Michelin tires will never be on my car.


April 13, 2010 7:05 PM

There was a tire war going on. Both Bridgestone and Michelin were making their tires softer and softer. The graining was to the point of absurd. Indy resurfaced the track and caught Michelin by surprise. Max could have fixed the race problem by allowing a number of things. He did nothing. He was looking for a single tire supplier to cut cost and he used Indy to kill Michelin. Why you ask? cont


April 13, 2010 7:07 PM

I wasn't a big fan of the tire war. Mostly, one tire was a major advantage over the other, so we were essentially left with two championships a Bridgestone championship and a Michelin championship. Considering Bridgestone practically tailor made their tires to suit Ferrari, this essentially made Ferrari a shoo in for the championship every year. That was until the 2005 regulations , which banned mid-race tire changes handed the advantage to Michelin in a big way.


April 13, 2010 7:15 PM

max mosely humiliated michelin for events at 05 us grand prix by making it imposible to find any sort of compromise for the weekend, giving the fans that ridiculous race that gave ferrari and michael schumacher third place in the drivers and constructors championships, and gave bridgestone their only victory in a season where michelin battered bridgstone. getting bridgstone the contract for sole supplier was to cut costs, b4 he gave us kers. bridgestone have solely supplied f1 since 07, but they and the teams dont know how good a job has been done because they have no competition. with this and max's proposed standard engine f1 would have ended up very cheap. the fia needs to encourage bridgstone, michelin and others to get into f1, not run away.

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