F1 » Avon joins Michelin as possible tyre supplier for F1 2011

Michelin facing competition for F1 2011 tyre supplier deal, as Avon throws it name into the hat, and Bridgestone ponders not quitting after all.

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andrew - Unregistered

April 19, 2010 5:20 PM

He doesn't want 18 inch rims as some of the team bosses might fit him in the wheel then stick on a dustbin lid and send the car for a spin round Monza!!

But seriously, 18 inch rims will be a headache for the teams, particularly the smaller teams. There would be some pretty major suspension redesigns to cope for a start, The likes of the front wing are designed to cope with 13 inch rims so there will be another redesign there.

I still think this is just Bridgestone playing hardball.

Taz - Unregistered

April 19, 2010 5:39 PM

They are leaving, I think it's gone beyond brinkmanship or hard ball.

Pretty surprised by the Michelin comments, they had a better tyre and then the rules were changed (something to do with the side walls) because Ferrari were on Bridgestone and ran to the FIA, it really gave Bridgestone a big advantage.

I'm not a Michelin fan or anything although their pilot sport is an excellent road tyre, had a set on my Audi S3.


April 19, 2010 5:46 PM

Last tire war between Bridgestone and Michelin had Bridgestone supplying and building tires solely for Ferrari. Yes they supplied others but the tires were made for the Ferrari chassis. Michelin supplying 7 teams started to kick their butt when F1 went to not changing tires mid race. Max then wanted only one tire supplier. So no surprise that Bridgstone got the nod.


April 19, 2010 6:20 PM

“Something to do with side walls, they had a better tyre”
“The side walls”, Bridgestone always had better side walls, side walls were the weakest point of Michelin. That's exactly why Renault developed the mass damper and Mclaren the J damper.
When FERRARI complained it was because Michelin contra vent the rules as to the width of the front tyre.


April 19, 2010 7:00 PM

sunny, i said exactly the same several weeks ago, and was dissed over that. low profile tyres have very stiff sidewalls, transferring more shock to the suspension units. the designers cannot work on next years cars, until rim size is decided.
andrew, 18" wouldnt affect the front wing, as the diameter would remain the same, note the words "low profile".
avon option is, i believe being bankrolled by bernie, and tyres could be provided to teams for ZILCH!

andrew - Unregistered

April 19, 2010 7:08 PM

If the wheel dimensions increase (the wheel and tyre combination will still be the same I assume) the aero flow will change. Will the front wing not have to be changed to suit?

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