More rumours of Michelin F1 return in 2014

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Fernando Alonso, Renault, Suzuka, 2006In the round-up: Fresh rumours link Michelin to a return to Formula One next year as the official tyre supplier.


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Michelin could be 2014 tyre supplier (BBC)

“The French company has had discussions with governing body the FIA about taking over from Pirelli, high-level sources say.”

Pirelli says F1 tyre tender would be farcical (Reuters)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “Quite frankly a tender [for the F1 tyre supply contract] in September when you are running in January would be farcical. You should have done that in September last year. Everybody would look ridiculous in that scenario.”

Hamilton: pole was unlikely in dry (Autosport)

“Red Bull was looking particularly quick and also Ferrari was looking quite quick in the dry conditions, so [I’m] not necessarily sure we had the pace to be as fast today.”

Jenson Button: “We weren’t lucky in qualifying…” (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“We weren?t lucky in qualifying, we didn?t make any outstanding judgement calls. We did a good job in terms of the car was working well, and we didn?t make any mistakes under pressure.”

Button Q&A (Sky)

“I have been asked about it non-stop today! All about a certain team – non-stop by every single journalist. But I am surprised that they asked because I supposedly have a contract for next year, so I shouldn’t be asked really.”

Q&A with Vijay Mallya: A miracle seemed possible (F1)

“Some circuits suit our car better – and Spa has always suited us because we don?t have the extraordinary downforce, and therefore low-downforce circuits suit us a bit better.”

Lauda’s life lessons for Hamilton (The Telegraph)

“‘I was very impressed,’ Lauda says of [Daniel] Bruhl?s performance [in Rush]. ‘I couldn?t believe how well he [impersonated me]. He was even worse than I was. ‘—- you!’ ‘—- this!’ He did a very good job.'”


Comment of the day

Lewis Hamilton is on pole position but @MNM101 reckons his team mate was the real star of qualifying:

If anyone was impressive it would be Rosberg, the two laps he put in towards the end were incredible and much faster than anyone else in the same conditions.

From the forum

  • Some heavy crashes in the GP2 and GP3 races at Spa yesterday

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On this day in F1

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55 comments on More rumours of Michelin F1 return in 2014

  1. Lari (@lari) said on 25th August 2013, 14:03

    Kimi, DO THE CHANGE NOW! Stop wasting your last years in a 4th best team!

  2. Paul A (@paul-a) said on 25th August 2013, 15:39

    Let’s not talk “tyre wars” — just “open market.” F1 is about winning, that means going fast and the tyre is a major component. It doesn’t matter whether a tyre will last one (or ten) races, or whether a softer compound and three pits stops is the fastest solution. The relevance to road tyres is not just longevity but safety and braking, including wet weather. The commercial cost is irrelevant, no supplier will price themselves out of the market if they’re not guaranteed “sole supplier” status. What are Pirelli afraid of?

    It doesn’t matter whether Michelin or Pirelli can produce the best solution, but we won’t know until they race alongside each other. And that will be good for the sport.

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