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iceburns288
12-14-2005, 04:14 PM
Michelin will leave F1 after 2006 season
The French tyre manufacturer confirms its decision

Michelin's final season in F1

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.

"This decision is the result of profound differences between Michelinís long-standing sporting philosophy and the way Formula One is managed by the regulating authorities, which no longer provide a clear and sustainable environment to justify long-term investments,Ē commented Mr. Edouard Michelin.

"For Michelin, leaving Formula One in no way represents abandoning motorsports, to which the Michelin brand has been committed for 117 years. If F1ís ways of functioning were to be significantly modified, Michelin would not hesitate in proposing its services to the different teams once again."

Michelinís withdrawal at the end of 2006 will almost certainly bring into play a single tyre supplier in 2007. In this new situation, it should be possible to verify if the FIAís vaunted advantages of control tyres are proven and, in particular, if equality amongst teams really is guaranteed.

This decision is being made public in December 2005 to respect the FIAís required notice period and to provide a maximum amount of preparation time to Michelin partners, with whom there was no firm commitment beyond 2006.

In conclusion, Mr. Edouard Michelin stated: "No matter what, Michelin will do everything possible to ensure that its partners receive the best service and the best tyres to help them win during the 2006 season, as has always been the case since our return to Formula One in 2001. Michelin would have liked to have extended its long-term Formula One involvement, because the demands of Formula One as well as the collaboration with partner teams have been such a source of progress and fruitful exchanges. Thank you to all of our partners for this.Ē

Press release
Michelin

TurboMedic
12-14-2005, 04:18 PM
Theres alot of strange stuff happening with F1...

That.Guy.S30
12-14-2005, 04:43 PM
^^ even worse in the wrc. ahah only 2 manufacturers teams next year.. ahahahah the rest will be privateers.

Dave P
12-14-2005, 04:56 PM
source?

That.Guy.S30
12-14-2005, 05:03 PM
for the wrc?

habsfan
12-14-2005, 05:38 PM
for the wrc, ford and subaru are the only ones left i think. not sure on mitsu's status. but skoda, citroen and peugot all dropped out for next year

iceburns288
12-14-2005, 05:40 PM
Originally posted by Dave P
source?

Originally posted by Thi_Thi Subs
for the wrc?

Did either of you read it? At the top it says "Michelin quits F1" and at the bottom it says "Michelin press release"

That.Guy.S30
12-14-2005, 06:32 PM
yea i read the f1 release. i thought david was asking me for my source about the wrc

hinggu
12-14-2005, 06:34 PM
Originally posted by habsfan
for the wrc, ford and subaru are the only ones left i think. not sure on mitsu's status. but skoda, citroen and peugot all dropped out for next year

Damn.. Thats going to suck! I enjoyed watching Loeb in the Citroen kicking some ass!

Team_Mclaren
12-14-2005, 06:46 PM
FIA = the sux

civic_stylez
12-14-2005, 06:53 PM
in the last couple years in F1 i have seen some complete bullshit.... no pit stops, 1 lap qualifying, no more V10s, less downforce.. the list goes on.. just let the sport be for a while!!! every year some new stupid rule comes out that makes F1 slower or gayer.... i still think that pitstops should be unlimited..it plays a major role in race strategy... now the tire wars are over...FIA can blow a goat.....:thumbsdow

TurboMedic
12-14-2005, 07:09 PM
Originally posted by habsfan
for the wrc, ford and subaru are the only ones left i think. not sure on mitsu's status. but skoda, citroen and peugot all dropped out for next year

What?? thats crazy? what was the reason? Arrgg, sorry for the thread jack....

A2VR6
12-14-2005, 08:26 PM
Originally posted by TurboMedic


What?? thats crazy? what was the reason? Arrgg, sorry for the thread jack....

Well Citroen and Peugeot both announced that they will withdraw after 2005 season at the end of 2004. They said that tough conditions in car market as the reason why they withdrew. Skoda withdrew because the FIA i believe is making rule changes where you have to participate in every single rally during the season in order to score points. Skoda wanted to run only select rallies in 2006 and hence dropped out. And mitsu is restructuring so they dropped out as well. Citroen and Skoda I believe will be providing cars for privateers. It's been confirmed that Loeb will be back in 2006 in a privateer Citroen.