Sauber switches to Michelin tyres

Sauber announced on November 2nd that it has signed a contract with Michelin, effective immediately. The team, which has been supplied by Bridgestone for the past several seasons, will start its winter test programme at Barcelona on November 24th...

Sauber announced on November 2nd that it has signed a contract with Michelin, effective immediately. The team, which has been supplied by Bridgestone for the past several seasons, will start its winter test programme at Barcelona on November 24th using Michelin tyres. Now only Ferrari, Jordan and Minardi run on Bridgestone rubber.

"I'm very pleased that we were able to sign this contract with Michelin and I'm looking forward to a successful co-operation," said team principal Peter Sauber in a statement. "At the same time I would like to thank Bridgestone for a good partnership during the past six years."

"As we demonstrated in 2004, our technology makes a significant contribution to the performance of Formula One cars equipped by Michelin," said Pierre Dupasquier. "I look forward to enabling Sauber Petronas to benefit from this progress."

Under the present tyre regulations, a manufacturer must supply up to 60% of the teams if required to do so. Michelin reached that percentage when it started supplying BAR last winter, but with Jaguar's situation still unresolved, signing with Sauber keeps Michelin at 60%. If Jaguar continues in F1, under a new name, Michelin is not obliged to supply tyres to the team.

Whether any of Michelin's other teams may decide to decamp to Bridgestone is yet to be seen but Toyota has been rumoured to be thinking about a switch to the Japanese manufacturer.

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Series Formula 1
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , Minardi , Jordan