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Michelin not applying for 2008 tender 23 Jun 2006

Michelin tyres.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Preparations, Imola, Italy, 20 April 2006

Michelin have ruled themselves out of the bidding to become Formula One racing’s sole tyre supplier in 2008 when the sport intends to move to just one make of rubber.

Michelin, currently suppliers to six of the 11 teams, had already revealed they would not be participating in the 2007 championship, and in an announcement made in Montreal on Thursday, they confirmed they have no plans to return when the new single-tyre regulations come into effect the following year.

“Michelin has continually made its belief known that Formula One should, as motorsport's cutting-edge discipline, be an arena where the most advanced technologies can do battle in the interest of motoring,” said the French company in a statement.

“In this respect, the changes in the Formula One rules to bring in a single-tyre supplier go completely against these principles. It is one more step towards standardising a sport which should be practiced at the highest level of competition.

“As a result, Michelin will not reply to the FIA tender for tyre supply in Formula One. It does not wish to be seen to support the spirit of this tender at a time when the quality of its tyres has been amply demonstrated and appreciated by its partners, with a total of 99 Grand Prix wins over the years, under whichever rules have been in place.”

The FIA opened the tender process last month for a manufacturer to become the single tyre supplier to the championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The deadline for applications is June 23, with a decision expected early next month.