The irony that a Michelin ad popped up when I went on this page. Two suppliers would be an unexpected development but an interesting one to the hugely different 2014 season. I see Pirelli staying either way.
From what I’ve gathered from some online/blogs people I trust:
– FOM, the teams and Pirelli have agreed on a deal, but the FIA is still talking to Michelin
– Michelin would like to help the sport get a greener image by reducing the focus on pitstops; implying there will be less
From some less reliable corners of the internet:
– The reason the wheel size change for next year is off is Michelin being announced for 2015 with the new wheel sizes before the end of the current season.
– The FIA will confirm Pirelli’s departure after 2014 at the same time they will announce their contract for 2014.
Is it just me, or is this getting way sillier than after Bridgestone announced their departure?
The huge expense and the safety implications of uncontrollable speed increases, for starters. On top of which Pirelli reckon that even when a tyre manufacturer helps win a race with a superior product, the credit goes to the driver or the team, so there’s nothing in it for them. And of course it puts the sport at risk of having a series of seasons dominated by a single driver/team who has access to tailor-made tyres, as happened at the beginning of the 2000s.
I haven’t missed the tyre war for a moment since it ended. Apart from in a knee-jerk rose-tinted specs sort of way, I don’t see why anyone would.