Michelin In Contact With FIA Over Tyre Supply Return As Bridgestone Confirm Exit
Michelin, the French tyre manufacturer have told Bloomberg News that they are in contact and negotiations with the FIA over becoming the next sole tyre supplier to Formula One.
The company withdrew at the end of 2006 following title victories in the 2005 and 2006 seasons with Renault, as F1 went to a one make series with Bridgestone following intense rivalries throughout the 2000’s.
“We might consider returning but there are some very clear conditions,” said Jean-Dominique Senard, a Michelin Managing Partner
“The major point is to make sure the tyres show what they can bring to the automotive industry.”
Meanwhile Bridgestone confirmed today that they are unlikely to be fighting for a supply contract beyond the end of this season.
“Bridgestone’s position remains the same,” a spokesperson explained to GPUpdate
“It will not enter into a new tyre supply contract with the FIA Formula One World Championship series; the current contract is set to expire at the end of the 2010 season.”