Dennis backs Michelin for Brazil win

Ron Dennis believes that a car with Michelin tyres will take victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix this afternoon after seven cars shod by the French manufacturer qualified in the top ten. Michelin is known to work well in hot conditions and this...

Ron Dennis believes that a car with Michelin tyres will take victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix this afternoon after seven cars shod by the French manufacturer qualified in the top ten. Michelin is known to work well in hot conditions and this year the weather at the Interlagos circuit has so far been perfect: clear blue skies as opposed to the usual high humidity and smog.

McLaren boss Dennis would not go so far as to say Michelin completely have the advantage over rivals Bridgestone but would be surprised if a Michelin runner didn't take the win: "You don't have to be Einstein to realise that Michelin has, for qualifying at least, made a better tyre than Bridgestone. But Bridgestone seemed to have a very good tyre at the Barcelona test last week and it would be foolish to think that one or other company is going to dominate the season," he said.

"For the race here, we anticipate that the Michelin advantage will continue and I'd be surprised if a Michelin-shod car doesn't win. Inevitably in a tyre war, one company takes a development step in compound or construction and then its rival has to match or surpass that. With constant development Michelin has a logistical advantage because it can make a tyre, test it and then be manufacturing it the next day."

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