Michelin not worried about new rule

Michelin F1 boss, Pierre Dupasquier, insists that new F1 tyre regulations will not make his job more complicated, despite opening the way to the use of bespoke compounds and constructions. He remains confident that Michelin will answer the needs...

Michelin F1 boss, Pierre Dupasquier, insists that new F1 tyre regulations will not make his job more complicated, despite opening the way to the use of bespoke compounds and constructions. He remains confident that Michelin will answer the needs of all its six partners, leaving opportunities for some fine tuning.

"We are not worried about the new rule," he told Jaguar's website. "Of course it gives the tyre manufacturer the opportunity to fine tune the tyre to a particular car's needs, if required, but we still believe that a good Formula One tyre remains a good tyre for everyone."

The 2003 regulations will allow each team to use two different dry tyres at each event, rather than every team being forced to use the same ones. As Michelin supplies two more teams on the grid than its Japanese rival this, in theory, represents a lot more work. But Dupasquier believes that the way in which a car uses its tyres is less of a factor than the conditions in which they will be used.

"Our job is produce tyres suitable for the tracks, temperatures and weather conditions," he said, "and this has not changed."

-jaguar-

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