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Michelin prepare for French run 05 Dec 2006

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Renault Third Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Chinese Grand Prix, Preparations, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, 28 September 2006

Michelin will celebrate their 2006 Formula One title success alongside world champions Renault with a special demonstration run to be held on December 12 around the streets of Clermont-Ferrand, the French city that houses the tyre company’s headquarters.

Renault’s Heikki Kovalainen will be the star attraction and is set to drive a R25 along the city’s main thoroughfare, Avenue Julien. Kovalainen’s run will form the highlight of a whole day of celebration that will also include a variety of displays organised by Michelin and the Clermont-Ferrand authorities.

“It is a genuine pleasure to be able to celebrate our two world titles while putting on such a spectacle for the citizens of Clermont-Ferrand,” said Frederic Henry-Biabaud, Michelin Motorsports Director. “We will be very happy to welcome Heikki Kovalainen and are immensely grateful to Renault for its participation - an event such as this underlines the strength of the relationship the two parties have enjoyed during many years of collaboration. We can’t wait to see the city in party mood. It really will be a unique event.”

The special event may mark Michelin’s last Formula One appearance for some time, as Bridgestone prepare to become the sport’s sole tyre supplier from 2007.