Michelin boss Philippe Mussati has announced plans to introduce new 18 inch tyres to the World Series by Renault as early as 2016.

The championship's long-time tyre supplier confirmed its hopes at the third round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship in Belgium. Michelin began the modifications last year before debuting the new tyres at the F1 support race in Monaco last month.

"Michelin's goal is to take an innovative approach to developing single-seater tyres," Mussati explained. "We're trying to develop tyres that more closely resemble the classic sizes of our racing tyres."

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The tyre manufacturers explained the inspiration behind this new change, citing a desire to improve the overall set-up of the current 3.5 litre models for the 2016 season.

"This shift offers car-makers a number of new possibilities, such as freeing up extra space for brakes. This could potentially create a car that is faster and more efficient," continued Mussati, noting Renault's latest cost-cutting measures. "Driver feedback has been positive, with many mentioning improved steering response. It also makes a difference on adjustments."

A decision is expected later this year. If approved, both FR3.5 and Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup will feature thicker rims as early as next year.

"Since the start of this project, we have been working to make our tyres as efficient as possible," Mussati concluded. Renault and Michelin enjoy a relationship of mutual trust that allows us to work together to gradually improve our performances."

FR3.5 will return next weekend at the ever-popular Hungaroring for its fourth round. Fortec Motorsport's Oliver Rowland is the current championship leader.