ALONSO MAKES HISTORY WITH MICHELIN Partner teams increase aggregate points tally to 158/234 Fernando Alonso (Renault/Michelin) became the first Spanish driver to win his home round of the world championship with a dominant performance at the ...
ALONSO MAKES HISTORY WITH MICHELIN
Partner teams increase aggregate points tally to 158/234
Fernando Alonso (Renault/Michelin) became the first Spanish driver to win his home round of the world championship with a dominant performance at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. He led from pole position and finished comfortably clear of his closest rival after 66 laps.
Alonso's victory was his third of the season and Michelin's fourth - it was also the 97th in Bibendum's illustrious F1 history. Six Michelin drivers finished in the points today. With one third of the season gone, Michelin's six partner teams have scored 158 of the 234 available world championship points - a 67.5 per cent strike rate.
Nick Shorrock, Michelin Formula One director:
"We ran all -new tyre specifications this weekend because we knew, in the wake of recent results, that we needed to take an evolutionary step forward. If anything I think we have exceeded our own expectations."
"All weekend, our tyres have provided a good blend of first -lap speed and consistency over a race stint - whether drivers stayed out for about 20 laps or, in one instance, more than 40."
"The result speaks for itself and I would like to thank our partners and engineers for their contribution to this immensely satisfying result - proof positive of Michelin's ability to respond effectively to a fierce challenge."
Team perspective on tyres
Pat Symonds, executive engineering director, Renault F1 Team:
"Michelin and its partner teams came to this race with an aggressive range of tyre compounds that delivered excellent opening-lap performance and proved less susceptible to degradation than rival products. We simply could not have asked for anything more."