Drivers like tyre competition

After the recent trye controversy, some have suggested it would be better to have a single tyre manufacturer in Formula One to save future disagreements. However, a few drivers think the competition between tyre manufacturers is a good thing and...

After the recent trye controversy, some have suggested it would be better to have a single tyre manufacturer in Formula One to save future disagreements. However, a few drivers think the competition between tyre manufacturers is a good thing and are happy for the situation to stay as it is -- at least now that the troubles have seemingly ended.

At today's press conference in Monza, Williams driver, and championship contender, Juan Pablo Montoya said: "I am happy the way it is. I think it makes the competition more interesting because you are fighting against teams on the same tyre and on a different tyre. For me, it makes it more exciting."

"I think it is good like it is now," agreed Renault's Fernando Alonso, who won the last race in Hungary. "With two manufacturers and they work hard as their teams work hard to have the best tyre. In the last two or three years we have had different tyres leading and I am happy for it to stay like that."

His teammate Jarno Trulli added: "Formula One is competition, so basically we have two competitor tyre manufacturers and I think any others who want to come in are very welcome because it makes Formula One more interesting."

Giancarlo Fisichella, who's Jordan runs on Bridgestones, whereas the other three run on Michelins, commented: "It is nice to have two manufacturers and obviously it is good when you are with the best manufacturer, but at the moment it is not good for us. But I am sure Bridgestone are pushing very hard for the future and will be back."

Championship leader Michael Schumacher, who's Ferrari also runs on Bridgestones, thinks anything that makes him go faster is a good thing: "You simply like to go faster, and especially in the tyre side you have the biggest potential to do this. So the testing of that is very interesting because you really get out with new tyres all the time and try something and you have immediate response. I am quite in favour of that."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Williams , Jordan