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Old 12-14-2005, 12:39 PM   #1
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Default Michelin pulling out of F1, end of 06

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"Michelin has on several occasions expressed the conditions of its involvement in Formula One: Michelin considers Formula One to be a highly technical motorsport in which the tyre is a very influential component in the scope of the performance of the vehicle.

The teams' freedom to choose their own tyres is essential. Therefore, competition between at least two tyre manufacturers is critical; this provides the basis for real competition between tyre suppliers which, in turn, stimulates progress for the publicís greater interest.

Today, it would appear as though Formula One rules will be modified to impose a single tyre supplier.

After consulting with its loyal partners (McLaren Mercedes, BMW Sauber F1, Renault F1, Honda Racing F1) as well as with Sir Frank Williams, Michelin is now convinced that the evolution towards a single tyre supplier is inevitable. Michelin expresses its regret to see F1 lose a part of its high technology.

In addition to this new direction in F1, there are constant changes to racing regulations without warning. Such practices also make planning for the future completely impossible.

In this context, continuing to make long-term investments in Formula One no longer presents the same interest.

Michelin has therefore decided not to extend its Formula One involvement beyond the 2006 season.
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Old 12-14-2005, 01:07 PM   #2
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Excellent. More development money for the BF Goodrich rally tires!
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Old 12-14-2005, 02:57 PM   #3
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Default Michelin is out of F1

we gone


that is all ... feel free to discuss
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Old 12-14-2005, 03:55 PM   #4
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In addition to this new direction in F1, there are constant changes to racing regulations without warning. Such practices also make planning for the future completely impossible.
Seriously...
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:18 PM   #5
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WOW, I don't under stands what the French are doing. Hey are wining in the WRC, F1 and they are pulling out of motorsports left and right........ HHHMMMMM
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:22 PM   #6
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Maybe they realized they couldnt make up for indy.
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:23 PM   #7
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so is bridgestone the only tire supplier now in F1?
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:37 PM   #8
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Well, Michelin belives F1 is going to one manufacturer (bernies chioce I'll bet)
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Old 12-14-2005, 07:04 PM   #9
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so is bridgestone the only tire supplier now in F1?
1 more year of two manufactures. They will pull out in '07.
I think Michelin did a stand up job *after* Indy. It ws kinf od their only option but I am happy to not have to buy tickets again for '06.
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Old 12-14-2005, 07:42 PM   #10
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I think they have a great tire. I expect them to thrash the brigdestones this year.

Unfortuantly they have issues that dont directly relate to tire quality.
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Old 12-14-2005, 08:03 PM   #11
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Sigh, stuff like this is starting to piss me off. F1 shouldn't be spec racing, period.
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Old 12-14-2005, 11:59 PM   #12
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What is up with FIA? Tire makers in F1 dropping out, car makers in WRC dropping out right and left. Is FIA wanting all of their series to become spec series?
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Old 12-15-2005, 12:03 AM   #13
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Agreed!!!
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