Formula One governing body FIA’s time limit for the tender process closing on June 17, Michelin and current supplier Pirelli come out set to go head to head for the three-year deal from 2017.
“Yes, we have entered. Michelin Motorsport director Pascal Couasnon confirms to Autosport. “The reasoning is we’ve been proposing ideas, talking about Formula 1 and that we are disappointed, especially where it is today tyre-wise. If we want to be credible and consistent then you cannot complain or comment if you don’t bring solutions. So it has made sense for me to say if we have ideas, then let’s go and propose these ideas, and we’ll see if people are interested or not.”
“At least then nobody can say to us, ‘well guys, you are talking, but you are not acting’. Now, we are acting.”
Michelin last contended in the Formula 1 in 2006, In December 2005, and as a result of the hard relationship with the FIA, Michelin announced that it would not extend its involvement in F1 beyond the 2006 season