One item that is receiving surprisingly little attention in the motoring press is the problem of the tire supplier for F1 for next year. I am sure the FIA and the F1 teams are more than a little concerned. Bridgestone are adamant that they are pulling out of F1 at the end of the year. So do the teams run down to the local Canadian Tire for Motomaster Specials?
The FIA are obviously working to get at least one supplier and are busily wooing some of the Korean Companies along with others.
However, at the present time, the only Company to really show open interest is Michelin. They admit they are ‘negotiating’ with the FIA. Michelin have no great love for the FIA after they basically got the shaft when the last 5 year exclusive contract was awarded to Bridgestone. That may have been under Mad Max Mosely but I expect that Michelin will be demanding a guarantee ensuring them of being a supplier, if not the sole supplier, for at least 5 years.