Michelin denies any preferential treatment in 2002

Pierre Dupasquier, head of Michelin, has denied suggestions that they will give any team preferential treatment in 2002. With McLaren switching to Michelin next season, there were rumours that the French tyre manufacturer would be supporting ...

Pierre Dupasquier, head of Michelin, has denied suggestions that they will give any team preferential treatment in 2002. With McLaren switching to Michelin next season, there were rumours that the French tyre manufacturer would be supporting Williams because the team won four races on Michelin tyres this season.

Dupasquier pointed out that of the seven teams Michelin supply, varying development requirements are needed. 'There is no special status for any of our partners,' he explained. 'Basically every team gets the same tyres and every team is supplied with the same products. It all depends on their demands. Probably a team, which is performing better than another one, might have other demands, more specifically, and we will try to do our best to fulfill them. That's what happened, but we also do so with all the teams. Some of them just didn't request so much. What happens during testing is that a top team sometimes has new components like gearbox parts and so on and when they want to test them, they request four sets of identical tyres to evaluate. Then we can't do any tyre development, so it's also hard to give exact figures of how much testing we do with which team.'

Dupasquier welcomed McLaren to their client list, saying the team's experience would help Michelin's development programme.

-Motorsport.com

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Series Formula 1
Teams McLaren , Williams