Michelin considers returning to F1... with some conditions
Among the offers reportedly entertained, Michelin could be back in – but with some very serious conditions. For starters, it wants not only free trackside advertising – a hit which Bernie Ecclestone would reportedly pass on to the teams – but it would also expect each team to pay for its tires, to the tune of some 2-5 million euros... per team, per season.
In addition to the compensation issue, Michelin would reportedly want the sport to switch from its current 13-inch wheels to much larger 18-inchers (presumably with lower-profile sidewalls) so that the F1 initiative could be better integrated with Michelin's sportscar racing program.
A large-scale tire war could ensue if Michelin gets what it's asking for, with Korean rubber companies Hankook or Kumho potentially joining the battle for a slice of the pie, and Bridgestone reconsidering its position.
[Source: ESPN F1 (1/2)]
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