Michelin: We won't be the sole supplier
12 April 2010 – French tyre manufacturer Michelin has reiterated that it will not be returning to Formula 1 under a one-tyre basis next year. Governing body the FIA continues to search for a supplier as current dealer Bridgestone will be leaving the sport at the end of this season.
With Bridgestone having been F1's only tyre supplier since 2007, it last competed alongside Michelin the previous season although the latter insists that - for the same reason it left the sport - it will not be making a re-emergence as the only tyre supplier.
"We are interested in but it must be done in the right way, so who knows what will happens," a Michelin spokesman commented at the weekend's Le Mans Series season-opening event at Paul Ricard.
"Certain things have to be done. We must have competition - we do not want to be the only supplier. Also, we need to be able to use the opportunity of having competition to improve our tyre technology; for example, our new Pilot 3 road tyres have technology developed for Le Mans in them. We need something like this from Formula 1 too.
"Finally, it must have the possibility to improve the greenness; perhaps we would like something like the Green X Challenge in F1 something to help ecology."