McLaren Mercedes, Michelin announce long term deal

Woking, UK, Tuesday October 30 2001: McLaren International and Michelin are pleased to announce that they have entered into a long-term agreement for the supply of tyres to the West McLaren Mercedes Formula One Racing team with effect from...

Woking, UK, Tuesday October 30 2001: McLaren International and Michelin are pleased to announce that they have entered into a long-term agreement for the supply of tyres to the West McLaren Mercedes Formula One Racing team with effect from 2002. This new relationship between McLaren International and Michelin represents the re-establishment of a previously successful pairing between the two companies, which claimed 17 race wins and the 1984 Formula One Constructors' and Drivers' World Championships.

Martin Whitmarsh, Managing Director, McLaren International
'I am very pleased to be making this announcement. I have the greatest of respect for the Michelin company and its sporting achievements and believe that we can win World Championships together in the future. We are confident that the technical programme envisaged by our respective engineering teams will enable us to achieve a highly competitive partnership in this increasingly important area of our sport. As ever, we will be doing all we can with the help of Michelin and our other technical Partners to win in 2002.'

Norbert Haug, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
'Mercedes-Benz and Michelin have a long-standing relationship in the field of tyre equipment for production cars where Michelin is one of our most important partners. We are looking forward to a promising good collaboration in Formula One. What Michelin has achieved in their first year after their comeback promises a lot of potential for the future.'

Pierre Dupasquier, Motorsport Director, Michelin
'It is great that McLaren and DaimlerChrysler have rejoined the Michelin family. Whilst we are very pleased with what we have achieved this year in Formula One, and are very optimistic for next year, the involvement of a team with the record and skills of McLaren can only increase our optimism.'

-McLaren/Michelin-

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Series Automotive , Formula 1
Drivers Norbert Haug , Martin Whitmarsh