• May 4, 2010
With Bridgestone's hegemony on supplying tires to Formula One set to end this year, rubber companies are lining up en masse to grasp at the opportunity to take its place. We recently reported on Michelin's ambitions, but the French tire company isn't the only option being considered. According to Sam Michael, technical director for the Williams team, the options have been narrowed down to Michelin or Cooper Avon. Pirelli, however, has also announced its interest in returning to the championship.

All three of the candidates have participated in the series at one point or another: Michelin from 1977-1984 and again from 2001-2006, Avon from 1954-58 and again in '81-82, and Pirelli in the '50s and '80s. However Michelin, the largest of the three, could prove the most problematic, given the conditions it's demanding and the notorious debacle at Indy in 2005 that led to the demise of the United States Grand Prix.

No further word at this point on the purported candidacy of Korean rubber companies Hankook or Kumho, but with the Formula One Teams Association set to deliberate and decide on the matter shortly, we'll be finding out soon enough.

[Source: Autosport | Image: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I chuckled when I thought of an F1 car wearing tires that have "Cooper Cobra" on them... mainly because, from personal experience, those tires almost always appear on beat-up old ponycars...

      ...yes, yes, I know they'd use the Avon name, but still...
      • 4 Years Ago
      One very important consideration in all this is that Michelin and Pirelli seek to increase the tire sizes to fit a 18" diameter wheel. 18" is already the standard in many other series, the R&D trickles down into street tires in that size range, and frankly, the current F1 wheels, at 13", are far too small to have an effect anywhere but F1.

      Pirelli has been doing extremely well in the Grand-Am Rolex Series, WRC, Rally America, the Ferrari Challenge, and several other series.

      Michelin's hiccup notwithstanding at Indy, I'd be willing to bet that F1 will be running on French or Italian rubber very soon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Having more then one tire company is a horrible idea. Never mind about the race to make the more dangerous tire. It's these cars. They have to many rules and right now they are to closely matched. If one brand of tire is even just a little bit better then the others, then that tire and those teams are going to dominate. I want to see the constructor with the best car win the title. Not the one with the best tire.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring back grooved tires! Just made F1 have a little more in common with a regular street car. And I say run more then one tire manufacture, gives them something to fight about to give the most competitive product each race.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please don't go with Michelin. Hopefully the FIA remembers the debacle at Indy 5 years ago.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What, you didn't like the race between the two Ferraris and some Formula 3000 teams?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where is Falken and Toyo. I wanna see F1 cars do more drifting around corners on those Falken drift tires. Falken F1......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where is Goodyear?