Michelin says "no" to colors

by Julie Gates/motorsport.com With rumours of Michelin introducing coloured tyres in 2001 when they enter the F1 arena, their boss Pierre Dupasquier denied such on Friday, stating they already have enough work to do regardless of working on ...

by Julie Gates/motorsport.com

With rumours of Michelin introducing coloured tyres in 2001 when they enter the F1 arena, their boss Pierre Dupasquier denied such on Friday, stating they already have enough work to do regardless of working on painting their tyres numerous colours.

"To explain this is easy, because frankly speaking, we already have a lot to do and we have no intention of paying attention to coloured tires, or anything like that. Talking of coloured tires, there are plenty of other tricky little details to take care of before we start thinking of coloured rubber."

He also added that it is in fact illegal to do so as far as the FIA rulings are concerned, despite it being feasible as far as the technical aspects are concerned.

Meanwhile, Bridgestone boss Hiroshi Yasukawa has spoken out on the prospect of having competition for next year, admitting it would be nice to have people discussing the tyres again. He also stated that it would make a difference to their programs next year, due to concentrating on six teams rather than the whole field as they do in 2000.

"Of course we welcome Mr. Dupasquier, and Michelin. I am very pleased to know that everyone will be talking about tires again. But not too much..."

"At present, we are supplying all the teams with an identical choice of tire, but next year we will be concentrating on just our six teams and 12 cars. That will make a difference."

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Drivers Hiroshi Yasukawa